Christina Hagen and other penguin experts met with an IUCN consultant to go through the African Penguin as a test case of the new Green List of Species. This list aims to highlight the impact of conservation actions on the status of species. Christina worked on the seabird inputs to the new MOU with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) reports. Andrew de Blocq and Christina both worked on a letter to the Minister about the recent bunkering spill in Algoa Bay and the threat to the penguins there, as well as a draft position statement on aquaculture. Andrew spent time training volunteer seabird observers who then departed on the SA Agulhas II on the Antarctic research cruise who will be collecting data for the Atlas of Seabirds At Sea (AS@S) project as well as additional data for Prof. Peter Ryan, Director of the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. Andrew had a Skype meeting with Henk Nel of BirdLasser to discuss data collection for the project.
Nini van der Merwe worked with the Fiji Port-Based Outreach Officer to discuss the mid-term project report. She also had a meeting with Ross Wanless to discuss the outcomes of the Project Steering Committee meeting.
Gough Island Restoration Project
Nini (remotely) attended multiple team meetings to discuss biosecurity, logistics and the upcoming September take-over voyage. She also attended the Agulhas II voyage planning meeting at the South African National Antarctic Programme.
Albatross Task Force
Andrea Angel met with John Cooper to discuss ideas for the World Albatross Day on 19 July 2020. This initiative was proposed by The Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP). Andrea met with WWF’s Bokamoso Lebepe who is managing the Fish for Good project, aimed at helping selected fisheries to attain Marine Stewardship Certification through fisheries improvement projects. Of interest to the ATF are the Tuna Pole and Pelagic Longline fleets which are at risk of bycatch. Andrea worked on a report to the ATF teams on ways to assess the success of tailor bird scaring lines on small trawl vessels to improve implementation. Reason Nyengera returned from a week at sea ahead of strong winds and stormy weather.