Ana Carneiro looking at albatross

Tracking albatrosses

To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month the Museum is sharing the stories of 27 inspirational women, alongside the animals they work with the most.

Dr Ana Carneiro and Lizzie Pearmain

BirdLife International

Lizzie Pearmain
Dr Ana Carneiro

“The population of wandering albatrosses at South Georgia has declined catastrophically since the 1960s. The major cause of their decline is the birds getting caught on or colliding with fishing gear.

In the BirdLife Marine Programme, we study remote tracking data of albatrosses and other seabirds. Our current project, in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey,  uses novel tracking devices with radar to detect when wandering albatrosses are near to vessels. This helps us understand how albatrosses interact with fishing boats in the South Atlantic, and the results will inform BirdLife’s conservation work to reduce the unnecessary deaths of these magnificent seabirds.”

More information about the BirdLife International Marine Programme.

Explore this particular project further on the on the British Antarctic Survey website.

You can also read more on the BAS website about albatrosses and about the Bird Island research station; the field site for this project.


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