Albatross Task Force
Andrea Angel participated in the Large Pelagic Management Working Group meeting which resulted in the adoption of the new pelagic longline bird-scaring line and inclusion in the 2020-21 Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries permit conditions. Reason Nyengera analysed data from temperature-depth loggers, which he had deployed during the previous sea trip, aimed at investigating sinking rates of Demersal longline fishing gear to gather information on the exposure of baited hook to seabird during setting.
Mouse Free Marion
Alistair McInnes worked on the position charter for the Project Manager position for the Mouse Free Marion project.
Gough Island Restoration Project
Nini van der Merwe was involved with boat and cargo preparations for the 2nd voyage to Gough Island.
Andrew de Blocq, Julie Bayley and Christina Hagen met with representatives from the Two Oceans Aquarium about a “Penguin Waddle” event being planned for African Penguin Awareness Day in October. Christina and Alistair met with the advisory committee set up to assist with the De Hoop penguin colony project to evaluate the status of the project and plan the next steps. Christina also managed to fit in a quick trip to the De Hoop colony site for monitoring and maintenance. Andrew helped with the launch across our social media platforms of the South Africa Listers’ Club, an online platform for country listers in South Africa to publish their totals, and assisted Ernst Retief with some of the background admin. Andrew has been attending to various logistical and substantive arrangements for the two African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) meetings coming up in March, namely the Forage Fish Workshop and the 1st Meeting of the International Working Group on the International Multi-species Action Plan for Benguela Current Coastal Seabirds. Andrew also updated the taxonomy for the Atlas of Seabirds At Sea project in light of revisions by the taxonomic authority, the International Ornithological Committee.