Sauver les albatros
Les albatros représentent les figures emblématiques des oiseaux de mer qui passent la majeure partie de leur vie en mer et qui débarquent sur le rivage principalement pour nicher. C'est une race nomade et vivante soumise à des dangers constants, notamment:
Cependant, la pire menace pour les albatros est et reste la capture à la palangre ou au chalut.
Il existe plusieurs solutions à faible coût mais en même temps efficaces qui peuvent s'attaquer au problème de la capture accidentelle des oiseaux de mer, grâce à la pêche à la palangre et au chalut, notamment :
WSO Activities and initiatives
The World Sustainability Organization’s Friend of the Sea project provides financial support for the Save the Albatross campaign, led by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). In 2006, as part of the Save the Albatross Campaign, the RSPB together with Birdlife International launched The Albatross Task Force, made up of a team of dedicated international experts who work side-by-side with fishing crews around the world, showing them simple measures they can take to help save seabirds. They are also working closely with governments, encouraging them to better regulate the industry to protect endangered albatrosses and other seabirds from fishing activities.
The goal of the Albatross Task Force is to educate fishing vessel operators and the fishermen aboard these vessels of the conservation issues resulting from seabird bycatch, inform them of the different mitigating measures available to limit bycatch, and to help them choose the most appropriate solution to use during their fishing activities.
The initiative has been a resounding success, with bycatch of albatrosses and other seabirds at seven of the world’s top seabird bycatch hotspots being reduced significantly.
How you can help
Friend of the Sea encourages seafood companies who financially benefit from fisheries that are putting albatrosses and other seabirds at risk of extinction to engage at implementing albatross bycatch reduction methods.
Longlines and trawlers are mostly catching tuna, swordfish, cod, hake, shrimps and herrings. Check with your seafood provider and at restaurants if those species are caught by Friend of the Sea certified fleets.
You can support the Save the Albatross campaign by signing the Change.org petition, which will help Friend of the Sea convince seafood and fishing companies to make a change benefit both the fishing industry and conservation.
If we all work together, we can save the magnificent albatross from extinction.