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Seabird Maps and Information for Fisheries website

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Hundreds of thousands of birds are injured or killed every year in fisheries around the world. A dynamic new website created by American Bird Conservancy puts a wealth of information helpful in reducing bycatch right at the fingertips of those who need it most—fishermen, conservationists, and those promoting fishery sustainability:




The American Bird Conservancy is pleased to announce a new web-based map tool— Seabird Maps & Information for Fisheries —that provides information on seabirds in fisheries and can help you to evaluate and reduce seabird bycatch.  Intended to help fishers and fisheries managers determine what seabirds may be at risk in their geographic areas of interest, the tool also has broad appeal to anyone involved in fisheries improvement programs, seabird conservation, and marine spatial planning.


What seabirds are in your area?


Intrigued? See our brief introductory video: Putting Seabirds on the Map: Seabird Maps & Information for Fisheries.



The map tool allows you to quickly obtain a list of the species in your area of interest, find information related to seabirds themselves, on known bycatch issues, and factors that may indicate the risk posed to them by fishing.


Users may:

  • Create fishery area maps and determine which birds occur there.
  • Review protected status, population size, and range maps.
  • Produce reports with information, such as diving depth and diet, that may indicate the risk posed by fishing gear.
  • Be directed to bycatch reduction resources.
  • Find additional online and literature sources.


We’re very pleased with the world of possibilities it opens, and hope you might find biogeographical or conservation questions of your own that it can help you address.


Click on http://fisheryandseabird.info and start finding out more about the seabirds in your area of interest.


Hope you find it useful!


David A. Wiedenfeld

American Bird Conservancy

PO Box 249

The Plains, VA 20198 USA



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