The Albatross Task Force – a progress report

The Albatross is a long lived bird – one male on Bird Island in South Georgia was ringed as a chick in 1959 and still going strong. But out of the 22 Albatross species, 15 are in danger of extinction and that’s despite the remarkable success of the Albatross Task Force – set up by the RSPB and Birdlife International more than a decade ago. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to marine biologists Titus Shaanika from the ATF team in Namibia and Cristian Suazo in Chile about their work with the fishing industry to try to reduce the number of Albatrosses killed as a ‘bycatch’. She also meets the RSPB’s Nina da Rocha the Albatross Task Force Project officer to find out more about the task force’s role since it was set up and looks forward to further success in the future.

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