Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Turning the Tide for the Albatross: an RSPB story map in support of World Albatross Day

Tristan Albatross pests banner Michelle risi

World Albatross Day on Gough Island with a Critically Endangered Tristan Albatross, photograph and poster design by Michelle Risi

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the United Kingdom’s BirdLife partner, created an online story map, entitled “Turning the Tide for the Albatross’, for World Albatross Day on 19 June.

The story map concentrates on the Albatross Task Force that works to reduce fishery mortality in five South American and southern African countries, and on the Gough Island Restoration Programme which aims to eradicate the introduced House Mice on the island.  The eradication is now set for next year, following an enforced delay caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

At-sea tracking of five species of albatrosses in the South Atlantic from Bird and Gough Islands is also featured.  The story map is illustrated with evocative photos and video clips along with informative maps.

With thanks to Nina da Rocha, Albatross Task Force Project Officer and Michelle Risi, Field Researcher, Gough Island Restoration Programme.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 08 July 2020+