Albatross Task Force
Andrea Angel and Reason Nyengera have been working with Alison and Stephen Connelly on the submission of a research proposal to the Marine Stewardship Programme as well as an application to the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) Future Conservationist Awards, lead by Reason with Andrew de Blocq as co-researcher. Andrea, Reason and Alistair McInnes met with Rory Crawford, Albatross Task Force coordinator, for a mid-year catch-up meeting.
Gough Island Restoration Programme
Nini van der Merwe participated in multiple Skype meetings to discuss the next phase of the project and prepare for accepting incoming cargo. She also edited an article on the project for a South African outdoor magazine.
Nini engaged with the BirdLife Pacific office in Fiji to discuss the final stages for completion of the Port-Based Outreach project. She also worked with Cleo Small and Ross Wanless to complete the final report on the project.
Christina Hagen worked on a draft translocation plan and MOU with SANCCOB for the De Hoop African Penguin colony project. Alistair, Andrew and Christina worked on the Coastal Seabirds section of the broader Seabird Conservation Programme strategy document and coordinated their comments on the recently gazetted African Penguin Biodiversity Management Plan. Andrew and Alistair had a productive meeting with colleagues at the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) about the hosting of two workshops regarding the depletion of forage fish and related concerns for seabird conservation as well as a first meeting of an international working group for Benguela seabird conservation under the auspices of the African Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA).