The utility of seabird tracking data to inform marine conservation


Presented by Maria Dias and Tammy Davies, BirdLife International, joined by Carolina Hazin for the Q & A session



Synopsis

Seabirds are one of the best studied groups of marine megafauna, in part due to advances in remote tracking technology. Tracking these ocean wanders has provided crucial insights into where they go and where they might be at most risk from threats.

Despite this increased knowledge of their habits, seabirds are one of the most threatened groups of vertebrates in the world, with almost half of all seabird species experiencing population declines.

The Seabird Tracking Database is a central repository that facilitates broader-scale analyses and collaborations to address the causes of seabird declines. BirdLife International has been maintaining the database and using tracking data in collaboration with researchers across the world to inform conservation action at a range of scales – including the identification of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. The data also highlight seabird bycatch hotspots and can support valuable inputs to international policy processes for the High Seas.

This webinar will introduce the utility of seabird tracking data and how they can be used to inform marine conservation action from marine protected areas to broader scale approaches to benefit seabirds and the wider seascape.