ACAP produces maps for ACAP Species Assessments using data from BirdLife International's Seabird Tracking Database, including that for the Laysan Albatross (pictured); photo by Eric VanderWerf
BirdLife International have launched a new version of the Seabird Tracking Database. The database has been running since 2004 and contains the largest collection of seabird tracking data in the world.
The Seabird Tracking Database has proved an invaluable tool for ACAP. It has been used to produce maps for ACAP Species Assessments, check for gaps in tracking data for ACAP species, and crucially, to identify where albatrosses and petrels are travelling in comparison to fishing operations in order to advocate for mitigation measures in areas where seabirds and fishing activity overlap.
A map from the ACAP Species Assessments showing tracking data of breeding adult Black-footed Albatrosses. The map was produced based on data from the Seabird Tracking Database (previously BirdLife Global Procellariiform Tracking Database)
The new version of the site was created with the aim to improve user experience, provide additional features and keep up with the growing amount of data – more than a staggering 30 million seabird locations!
Unregistered users are able to explore the datasets, news posts, species pages, publications, resources and case studies, whilst those who are who register can upload data as well as request to download data for research or conservation purposes.
To stay up to date with Seabird Tracking Database news, sign up to their newsletter at the website, https://www.seabirdtracking.org. And if you have a story to share related to seabird tracking and conservation, get in touch with the BirdLife International team at,
If you are already a user but haven’t yet logged in to your account since the launch of BirdLife's new site, you will need to reset your password here: https://data.seabirdtracking.org/user/password.
5 April 2023