3 May, 2021

Why should we protect seabirds?

May 13th, 2021 Mario Loyola

They are important indicators of oceans and their marine resources health : knowledge of their populations, migrations and food, gives us signals of the state of ecosystems and their changes over time. Chile belongs to the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP). These birds have been the most affected by bycatch in fishing activities, so international cooperation is necessary for their conservation.

* Albatrosses are large migratory seabirds that circumnavigate the oceans.

In fishing, you avoid catching them by:

Set or night fishing
Using streamer lines
Waste Elimination by band opposite to the cut
About 20% of the world population of Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys) nests in Chile.

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