The Seabird Conservation team enjoyed catching up with the rest of the BirdLife South Africa staff at our annual staff meeting, hearing updates from the other programmes, and undergoing training given by RMB.
Gough Island Restoration Project
Nini van der Merwe worked with two colleagues from the RSPB who were in Cape Town this week to meet with various stakeholders for the Gough Restoration project. They met with multiple government officials and service providers, and also inspected the condition of the trial shipment of bait currently in Cape Town.
Andrew de Blocq met over Skype with colleagues at the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Secretariat of the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement about the formation of the International Working Group for the Multi-species Action Plan on Benguela coastal seabirds. The meeting was very productive and spawned further ideas on how to capitalize on this meeting and find ways to impact seabird conservation both in Southern Africa and more broadly. Christina Hagen met with the finance team at Isdell House to discuss some outstanding issues and gave a presentation on her work to establish new African Penguin colonies to the Rand Barbet Bird Club.
Albatross Task Force
Andrea Angel worked on the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds financial report and work objectives for the 2019-2020 contract, expected to be finalised early next week. She also met with Andrew Callender (from the RSPB) to discuss avian husbandry relating to the Mouse Free Marion project. Reason Nyengera worked on a report on the Inshore trawl fleet from his recent visit to Port Elizabeth and Mossel Bay. He is beginning work on characterizing the fleet, to understand better the issues around implementing seabird bycatch mitigation measures for these very small vessels.