Category Archives: Sea Birds

GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

WWF welcomed on Monday July 9, 2018, the announcement of a voluntary krill fishery closure along the Antarctic Peninsula by five fishing companies who make up the Association of Responsible Krill Harvesting companies (ARK), and which represent 85% of the krill fishing industry in the Antarctic: the world’s largest krill fishing company, Aker BioMarine (Norway), Pesca Chile (Chile), Insung (South Korea),  Rimfrost (Norway)  and China National Fisheries Corporation (China). The companies have also pledged to support the scientific and political process for the creation of a network of large-scale marine protected areas in the Antarctic, including areas in which they currently operate.

Aker BioMarine also says it will support the creation of marine sanctuaries in Antarctica through the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in coming years. “WWF welcomes the initiative by Aker BioMarine and other ARK members to voluntarily commit to protecting Antarctica and its extraordinary wildlife,” said Chris Johnson, Senior Manager of WWF’s Antarctic Programme.

The voluntary krill fishery closure comes as a direct result of a Greenpeace campaign to protect the Antarctic Ocean, backed by 1.7 million people globally; it was announced at the ‘Antarctic 360°’ Greenpeace event in Cambridge (UK). “The momentum for protection of the Antarctic’s waters and wildlife is snowballing. A huge movement of people globally has been joined by scientists, governments, celebrities and now even the companies fishing in the Antarctic. This is a bold and progressive move from these krill fishing companies, and we hope to see the remainder of the krill industry follow suit,” said Frida Bengtsson, Greenpeace Nordic Protect the Antarctic campaign.

Andrea Kavanagh, Director of Antarctic and Southern Ocean conservation, Pew Charitable Trusts, commented: “The Association of Responsible Krill harvesting companies’ support for the creation of a network of marine protected areas (MPAs), including large no-fishing zones, is a truly visionary step that more commercial fishing interests in Antarctica and around the world should follow. Cooperation among scientists, governments, industry, and conservation groups is the surest bet to protecting the 30 percent of the ocean that scientists tell us is needed to maintain global ocean health. We expect to see the Weddell Sea and waters off East Antarctica declared marine parks in October. Governments should follow industry’s lead and support MPAs.”

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GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

Continue reading GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

SFP, Greenpeace, Birdlife International &TNC report highlights threatened species bycatch issues in global longline tuna fishing, urges action

Continue reading SFP, Greenpeace, Birdlife International &TNC report highlights threatened species bycatch issues in global longline tuna fishing, urges action

WWF urges MSC to adopt key reforms: “WWF does expect to see strong, more specific and more immediate commitments” – John Tanzer

Continue reading WWF urges MSC to adopt key reforms: “WWF does expect to see strong, more specific and more immediate commitments” – John Tanzer

COMPETITION: Seals, birds & humans compete for fish in the Baltic Sea; Reducing ‘drastically’ cormorants or seal populations would be acceptable…- Professor

Continue reading COMPETITION: Seals, birds & humans compete for fish in the Baltic Sea; Reducing ‘drastically’ cormorants or seal populations would be acceptable…- Professor

OIL spill impacts: Study identifies ecosystem-wide cascade of perturbations affecting entire food webs’ structure

Continue reading OIL spill impacts: Study identifies ecosystem-wide cascade of perturbations affecting entire food webs’ structure

‘MAJOR victory for protection of Southern Ocean’: momentous CCAMLR members agreement to safeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea

Continue reading ‘MAJOR victory for protection of Southern Ocean’: momentous CCAMLR members agreement to safeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea

CERMAQ highlights that “several species of sea bird are challenged” on salmon farming sites

Continue reading CERMAQ highlights that “several species of sea bird are challenged” on salmon farming sites

SEABIRD mitigation devices: Australian Fisheries Management Authority moves to strengthen seabird safety close to fishing boats

Continue reading SEABIRD mitigation devices: Australian Fisheries Management Authority moves to strengthen seabird safety close to fishing boats

SHIFTING bird distribution indicates a changing Bering Sea/Arctic; ‘It’s easier to track marine predators than it is to track their prey’

Continue reading SHIFTING bird distribution indicates a changing Bering Sea/Arctic; ‘It’s easier to track marine predators than it is to track their prey’

SIX-year anniversary… Oceana report highlights long-term impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil disaster; ‘$8.7 billion loss by 2020’

Continue reading SIX-year anniversary… Oceana report highlights long-term impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil disaster; ‘$8.7 billion loss by 2020’

“A certain amount of discards is required to keep the ecosystem stable”… Researchers recommend gradual reduction of discards

Continue reading “A certain amount of discards is required to keep the ecosystem stable”… Researchers recommend gradual reduction of discards

ENTANGLED, Eaten, Contaminated: Ocean Conservancy & CSIRO publish first comprehensive impact assessment of trash on marine wildlife based on 30 years of data

Continue reading ENTANGLED, Eaten, Contaminated: Ocean Conservancy & CSIRO publish first comprehensive impact assessment of trash on marine wildlife based on 30 years of data

BIODEGRADABLE fishing nets may help protect marine animals; “Nonetheless, there remain many uncertainties, challenges and knowledge gaps…”

Continue reading BIODEGRADABLE fishing nets may help protect marine animals; “Nonetheless, there remain many uncertainties, challenges and knowledge gaps…”

ADDITIONAL seabird protection measures in place in Australian fisheries following recent albatross mortalities: “stop fishing immediately if a single seabird is killed”

Continue reading ADDITIONAL seabird protection measures in place in Australian fisheries following recent albatross mortalities: “stop fishing immediately if a single seabird is killed”

SUCCESSFUL new seabird mitigation device adopted in Australia’s trawl fisheries: “Bird baffler” for deterring seabirds from hanging around fishing boats & warps entanglement

Continue reading SUCCESSFUL new seabird mitigation device adopted in Australia’s trawl fisheries: “Bird baffler” for deterring seabirds from hanging around fishing boats & warps entanglement

U.S. West Coast HABs: Tests find algal toxin/ domoic acid affected marine mammals & seabirds from California to Washington

Continue reading U.S. West Coast HABs: Tests find algal toxin/ domoic acid affected marine mammals & seabirds from California to Washington

NEW ZEALAND fisheries “sustainable managed” with 95%+ of fish from stocks not overfished; Seabed trawling decreasing, but wildlife interactions/bycatch (508 fur seal ‘caught’) “still a threat”

Continue reading NEW ZEALAND fisheries “sustainable managed” with 95%+ of fish from stocks not overfished; Seabed trawling decreasing, but wildlife interactions/bycatch (508 fur seal ‘caught’) “still a threat”