Seabird movements tend to occur across national (territorial water) boundaries as well as in international waters (the high seas). This means that, more than just about any other group of birds, understanding and managing threats to seabirds away from their breeding islands must be a truly international and cooperative effort.
BirdLife International recognised this as a priority issue and the Global Seabird Programme pdf Global Seabird Programme (2.11 MB) was born.
BirdLife South Africa's Seabird Division is at the forefront of seabird conservation, nationally and globally. Seabirds are the most threatened group of birds in the world - almost one third of all seabird species are threatened with some extinction risk. We risk losing iconic birds such as the African Penguin and the majestic albatrosses that roam the southern oceans. But we need to step up our efforts to protect seabirds because the current losses for many species are not sustainable.
BirdLife South Africa's Seabird Programme has a number of staff involved in seabird conservation. Work is conducted nationally (Albatross Task Force and African Penguin work), regionally (Marine Important Bird Areas programme) and globally (Regional Fisheries Management Organisations).