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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

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.

major issues

Photo by C. Johnson

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

selected program goals
Selected Program Goals

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

goal 1 protecting seabirds from bycatch related mortality
Goal #1: Protecting seabirds from bycatch related mortality

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

fao and national plans of action
FAO and National Plans of Action

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)

status of national plans of action in the western hemisphere
Status of National Plans of Action in the Western Hemisphere
  • 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)
status of national plans of action in the western hemisphere8
Status of National Plans of Action in the Western Hemisphere
  • Peru – assessment in progress
  • Mexico – assessment to begin
  • Ecuador – assessment to begin
  • Venezuela - ??
  • Columbia - ??
  • Panama- ??

Photo by G. Wallace

increased in activity to address seabird bycatch
Increased in Activity to Address Seabird Bycatch
  • 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
magnuson stevens act us fisheries legislation reauthorization
Magnuson-Stevens ActUS 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
other abc activities towards reducing seabird bycatch
Other ABC Activities Towards Reducing Seabird Bycatch
  • 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
goal 2 stopping poisoning of laysan albatross at midway atoll national wildlife refuge
Goal # 2: Stopping poisoning of Laysan Albatross at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Photo by M. Finkelstein

Photo by M. Finkelstein

solution
Solution

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

current and future work
Current and Future Work
  • 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

areas where the waterbird council might be of assistance
Areas where the Waterbird Council might be of assistance
  • 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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