Each summer he returns from sea and waits at his nest for his mate to return. But she never does. Because she is dead. He has been returning to the island every year for the last seventeen years.
Satellite tracking of the birds, coupled with maps of fishing and reports from fishing vessels, show that tuna fishing in the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea is the main threat. The albatrosses try to take bait off hooks and get caught and drown. The population is in catastrophic decline and the species will be extinct in our lifetime unless fishers change the way they fish.
Marine conservation foundation Live Ocean has been championing albatross-safe fishing since their launch. They partnered with the team at TaylorMade media to create this powerful short video about the Antipodes albatross, a species that has become a symbol for so many of our albatrosses that face threats at sea.
Help us fund work that will educate fishers and fishing companies about their impact on our iconic Antipodean albatross and encourage them to fish in an albatross-safe way. Join us and make a contribution today, so more albatrosses don’t die unnecessarily.
And next time you buy tuna, ask if it has been caught using albatross-safe techniques. This will help bring the issue to the attention of the fishing companies.