Seabird sentinels: mapping potential bycatch risk using bird-borne radar
Richard A. Phillips
BAS - British Antarctic Survey, Birdlife International
Host Country Institutions:
Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
The project will link habitat preference, activity patterns and detections from novel bird-borne radars to quantify interactions of tracked wandering albatrosses with legal and illegal fishing vessels in the South Atlantic. Areas and periods of highest susceptibility to bycatch will be mapped for birds of different age and sex. The project will engage with stakeholders to use project results for this iconic species to better target bycatch observer programmes, monitor compliance with bycatch mitigation and highlight impacts of bycatch on seabirds.