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August, 2008

  • 2 August

    More Seabirds lost to Longline Fishing, Group Says

    (From honoluluadvertiser.com)- Dozens of seabirds and other marine life have been caught and killed as by-catch in Hawai”i”s longline fisheries, new figures from the Sea Turtle Restoration Project show. From April 1 to June 30, 25 Black-footed Albatrosses were killed in deep-set longline fisheries. In addition to seabirds, longline fisheries …

  • 1 August

    Seabird Colonies Affected by Changes in Ocean Temperature

    (From environmental-expert.com) EU –Climate change is predicted to have large-scale impacts on biodiversity. Although organisms adapt to their environment, if conditions shift rapidly, populations may not be able to respond in the short-term and may decline. If ocean climate changes are large and if the depletion of top-level fish continues, …

  • 1 August

    Penguins Wash up Along Tropical Beaches

    (From news.com.au)- Penguins are washing up on tropical beaches with scientists unsure why the Antarctic birds are heading closer to the equator than ever before. Mr Silva said biologists believe stronger-than-usual ocean currents had pulled the birds north but others have said overfishing and warmer ocean temperatures may have led …

July, 2008

  • 30 July

    Feds Propose Change to Murrelets’ Protected Habitat

    Marbled Murrelet from Wikipedia

    (From registerguard.com)- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced a proposal that would remove approximately 254,070 acres from the critical habitat designation for the marbled murrelet, a threatened species protected under the Endangered Species Act. The land is in northern California and Oregon. The marbled murrelet is a …

  • 29 July

    Probe Into Mystery Bird Illness

    Great Black-backed Gull from Wikipedia

    (From news.bbc.co.uk)- An investigation is under way after dozens of dead and dying seabirds were found on Orkney. The birds – greater black-backed gulls – seemed to be suffering from an illness which first made them lethargic and unable to fly, then killed them. They were all discovered in and …

  • 28 July

    Orkney Seabirds May Be Victims Of Global Warming

    From Wikipedia

    (From stv.tv)- The fulmars of Eynhallow have to be among the most studied birds on the planet. These northern relatives of the albatross return here each year to breed. The females lay just a single egg. The surprise discovery is that some are having to fly above the Arctic Circle, …

  • 26 July

    Numbers Of Puffins In Decline

    From Wikipedia

    (From mirror.co.uk)- A dramatic decline in puffins in the North sea has been confirmed by a new National Trust survey.Breeding pairs have fallen by a third in the past five years in the Farne islands, home to England”s largest colony. The drop from 55,674 pairs to 36,500 pairs on the …

  • 22 July

    Is Mankind Killing Penguins Washing Ashore On Brazil’s Coast?

    From Jack Chang / MCT

    (From mcclatchydc.com)- No one has yet conducted a formal study of the phenomenon, but Brazilian scientists also blamed human activity for throwing off the penguins” migration. Some said a recent oil spill off the coast of Uruguay might have wiped out fish populations there, forcing the penguins to search farther …

  • 21 July

    140 Seagull Deaths Investigated

    From Wikipedia - Silver Sea Gull

    (From thewest.com.au)- The Department of Environment and Conservation is investigating the deaths of more than 140 silver sea gulls at Woodman Point, near the southern suburb of Munster. The department was alerted to the deaths yesterday and have issued a statement saying no other species of birds or fish have …

  • 20 July

    Found 20 oil-soaked penguins in Peninsula Valdés

    (From clarin.com)-  20 oil-soaked penguins appeared in Chubut this week off the shores of Peninsula Valdes, two of them died immediately from malnutrition, while four of them are in serious condition, reported the Foundation Patagonia Natural (FPN), in charge of rescue and animal care. “Unfortunately we lost two penguins of …