Save our seabirds

Even out on the open ocean, birds are not safe from the damaging impact of human activity.

Quite the opposite, in fact. Seabirds are one of the most threatened animal groups on the planet. Nearly half of all seabird species are in decline, and one in three are threatened with extinction.

These declines are a global issue, and are affecting some of the world’s most instantly recognisable bird groups – from the majestic albatrosses, with wingspans that can exceed three meters, to the penguins – arguably the world’s most beloved bird group.

We are working to tackle the multiple dangers seabirds face at land and at sea – including over-fishing, climate change and the accidental killing of seabirds by fishing vessels (otherwise known as bycatch).

To do so, BirdLife established our Marine Programme in 1997, and since then, we have helped turn around the crisis dramatically, through the use of innovative technologies, tested at-sea with the support and buy-in of fishermen.

In some areas, such as South Africa, we have seen seabird bycatch reduce by as much as 99% - a terrific result which has gone a long way to keeping our oceans thriving. But the fight goes on around the globe. Will you support us today and help us protect the world’s seabirds?

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