Save the Albatross

Location: South Georgia, Antarctica | All Past Projects ›
 
Critical Need

Due to unsustainable fishing practices, thousands of these magnificent birds die each year. The number of albatross at South Georgia has decreased at an alarming rate of 30% in the last 20 years.  At Bird Island, the most heavily populated area at South Georgia, the population has decreased from 1,500 pairs 20 years ago to 800 pairs today.  This is very significant because albatross mate for life and lay only one egg every breeding season. Action must be taken now to reduce mortality rates and ensure the survival of these spectacular sea birds.

Your Impact

Your donation to the Save the Albatross Campaign will fund Planeterra’s efforts to help save the albatross species from extinction.

More Information

The ‘Save the Albatross’ campaign was launched in response to the fact that many albatross species are in danger of extinction, due to unsustainable fishing practices. The campaign is aimed at preventing the slaughter of these magnificent birds through the implementation of international agreements that will benefit both the birds and the legal fishing industry.  Additional conservation efforts include research on the threatened populations and the interaction between albatross and the fisheries. The ‘Save the Albatross’ campaign is also supporting the development and usage of seabird-safe fishing practices in the Southern Ocean.