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American Bird Conservancy Seabird Program. Jennifer M. Arnold, Ph.D. Program Director [email protected] ABC’s Seabird Program focuses on eliminating the greatest threats to seabird populations Via work with: government, NGOs, and researchers in conservation, education, and advocacy.

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American Bird Conservancy Seabird Program

Jennifer M. Arnold, Ph.D.

Program Director

[email protected]


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ABC’s Seabird Program focuses on eliminating the greatest threats to seabird populations

Via work with:

government, NGOs, and researchers

in

conservation, education, and advocacy.


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Photo by C. Johnson threats to seabird populations

Major issues

#2

#1 Fisheries related mortality

#2 Invasive species

#3 Marine debris

#4 Contaminants

#3

Photo by B. Keitt

#1

#2

Photo by F. and K. Starr

Photo by G. Robertson


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Selected Program Goals threats to seabird populations

Goal #1: Protecting seabirds from bycatch-related mortality

Goal #2: Stopping lead poisoning of Laysan Albatross at Midway Atoll NWR

Goal #3: Eradication or control of damaging invasive plant and animal species

Goal #4: Raising awareness and developing/ implementing conservation and research priorities


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Goal #1: Protecting seabirds from bycatch related mortality threats to seabird populations

Mortality in longline and other fisheries may be the greatest threat facing albatrosses and other seabirds

Photo by F. Olmos

Photo by P. Ryan

Photo by F. Olmos


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FAO and National Plans of Action threats to seabird populations

1999

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization requested that all longline nations assess their fisheries and, if a seabird bycatch problem existed, develop a National Plan of Action to reduce seabird bycatch (NPOA)


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Status of National Plans of Action in the Western Hemisphere threats to seabird populations

  • United States – Complete (2001)

  • Chile – Complete (2003)

  • Brazil – Complete (2006)

  • Canada – In Progress (Target date 2007)

  • Argentina – In Progress (Target date (draft) 2007)

  • Uruguay – In Progress (Target date (draft) 2007)


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Status of National Plans of Action in the Western Hemisphere threats to seabird populations

  • Peru – assessment in progress

  • Mexico – assessment to begin

  • Ecuador – assessment to begin

  • Venezuela - ??

  • Columbia - ??

  • Panama- ??

Photo by G. Wallace


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Increased in Activity to Address Seabird Bycatch threats to seabird populations

  • Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels- ACAP (2004)

  • International Fisher’s Forum (since 2000)

  • Regional Fisher’s Forums (South America 2006)

  • Regional Workshops and educational programs

  • Skipper Exchanges



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Magnuson-Stevens Act threats to seabird populationsUS Fisheries Legislation Reauthorization

  • Mandatory regionally-based bycatch reduction programs (within 1 year)

  • Incentive programs to reduce total bycatch and seabird interactions

  • Coordination on projects to improve information and technology (national and international)

  • Annual reporting to Senate and House Committees regarding progress and activities


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Other ABC Activities Towards Reducing Seabird Bycatch threats to seabird populations

  • Lobbying regional fisheries management councils and other governance bodies in the US and abroad.

  • Supporting multi-stake holder workshops to develop solutions to seabird bycatch

  • Assisting countries in developing bycatch assessment programs and developing and implementing solutions to bycatch problems


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Technical Documents threats to seabird populations


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Goal # 2: Stopping poisoning of Laysan Albatross at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Photo by M. Finkelstein

Photo by M. Finkelstein


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Solution Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Complete removal of lead-based paint from all buildings

Price tag: 5.6 to 6 Million USD

2006 Budget $100,000 (USD)

Current efforts are underway to use this $100,000 to remove paint from 3-5 priority buildings


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Current and Future Work Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

  • Advocacy:

    • Working to obtain appropriations for clean up in the 2008 Budget

    • Raising awareness (media, “Albatross Action” campaign, congressional visits)

  • Research (M. Finkelstein et al.):

    • Population level impacts

    • Improving estimates of lead-related mortality

Photo by M. Finkelstein


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Areas where the Waterbird Council might be of assistance Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

  • Obtaining the necessary funding and helping to build partnerships to begin/enable assessments of fisheries in Mexico and Ecuador.

  • Encouraging the United States to sign the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP)

  • Supporting our efforts to remove lead-based paint from buildings on Midway.

Photo by G. Wallace


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