Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

  • (Not) letting your party balloon go. It's not just ingested plastic that is killing albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters

    entangled, often with fatal consequences. Recently, a Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes found entangled in balloons and string was found by Beach COMBER (Coastal Ocean Mammal & Bird Education and Research Surveys) volunteers during a monthly...

    https://www.acap.aq/en/news/news-archive/60-2013-news-archive/1441-not-letting-your-party-balloon-go-it-s-not-just-ingested-plastic-that-is-killing-albatrosses-petrels-and-shearwaters
  • Plastic, rubber and balloons: the not-so natural diet of the Short-tailed Shearwater

    from boat-based tows. Significant differences were found, suggesting that the birds select for hard plastic, rubber and balloons.” Short-tailed Shearwater, photograph by Mark Carey Reference: Acampora, H., Schuyler, Q.A., Townsend, K.A. & Hardesty, B.D....

    https://www.acap.aq/en/news/news-archive/60-2013-news-archive/1597-plastic-rubber-and-balloons-the-not-so-natural-diet-of-the-short-tailed-shearwater
  • UPDATED. Balloon pollution: a conservation issue for albatrosses and petrels?

    “Gazza” and the regurgitated balloon fragments, photographs courtesy of Australian Seabird Rescue Ingestion of latex balloons is a well-known conservation issue for marine turtles, which apparently mistake ruptured balloons at sea for jellyfish, their...

    https://www.acap.aq/en/news/latest-news/2158-balloon-pollution-a-conservation-issue-for-albatrosses-and-petrels-2
  • The last straw? Two Southern Ocean albatrosses die after ingesting balloons in Australia

    Latest News has previously reported more than once on albatrosses and petrels becoming entangled with or ingesting latex balloons. Records include entanglements and/or ingestions for the Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes and Arctic Fulmar...

    https://www.acap.aq/en/news/latest-news/2696-the-last-straw-two-southern-ocean-albatrosses-die-after-ingesting-balloons-in-australia
  • A plastic spoon and a balloon are successfully removed from a Southern Giant Petrel

    plastic will die before they make it to us.” Read more here . Read of other procellariform seabirds that have ingested balloons here . John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 27 June 2017

    https://www.acap.aq/en/latest-news/2791-a-plastic-spoon-and-a-balloon-are-successfully-removed-from-a-southern-giant-petrel
  • Today is World Oceans Day - with a plastic pollution theme

    from this. For example, ACAP Latest News has reported on plastic and other foreign objects (such as fragments of latex balloons) swallowed by a Light-mantled Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata and by Southern Macronectes giganteus and Northern M. halli...

    https://www.acap.aq/en/latest-news/3048-today-is-world-oceans-day-with-a-plastic-pollution-theme
  • No place safe: released balloons kill albatrosses – and other marine life

    The Marine Debris Program of the USA’s National Oceanic and Administration ( NOAA ) has reported recently on the dangers balloons can cause to marine life: “Balloons that are released into the air don’t just go away, they either get snagged on something...

    https://www.acap.aq/en/latest-news/3066-no-place-safe-released-balloons-kill-albatrosses-and-other-marine-life
  • All tied up: over half of the 31 ACAP-listed seabird species have been entangled by plastics

    high-risk applications where there are alternatives (e.g. six-pack rings), discouraging the use of high-risk items (e.g. balloons on strings, ‘manja’ kites), and encouraging fishers to not discard waste fishing gear by providing specific receptacles and...

    https://www.acap.aq/en/latest-news/3077-all-tied-up-more-than-a-third-of-seabird-species-have-been-entangled-by-plastics
  • An albatross is seen at sea trailing a balloon string

    here . ACAP Latest News has previously posted on ACAP-listed albatrosses and petrels swallowing or becoming entangled by balloons, including Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes , Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris , Grey-headed...

    https://www.acap.aq/en/latest-news/3177-an-albatross-is-seen-at-sea-trailing-a-balloon-string
  • “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution”. The Albatross and Petrel Agreement supports World Migratory Bird Day in 2019

    from plastic bags, toothbrushes , cigarette lighters , plastic straws , bottle tops and toy soldiers to fragments of latex balloons and Styrofoam , and even the sole of a shoe : the list seems endless. Concern has also been expressed at the harmful...

    https://www.acap.aq/en/latest-news/3294-protect-birds-be-the-solution-to-plastic-pollution-the-albatross-and-petrel-agreement-supports-world-migratory-bird-day-in-2019
  • A plastic straw is found in a juvenile mollymawk albatross in New Zealand

    Albatross T. chrysostoma washed up dead on an Australian shore which contained a straw as well as fragments of latex balloons ( click here ). Globally, campaigns have started against the use of single-use plastic straws, many of which end up at sea once...

    https://www.acap.aq/en/latest-news/3281-a-plastic-straw-kills-a-juvenile-campbell-albatross
  • “A Black-footed Albatross was found entangled in discarded balloons and strings on Marina State Beach in June 2013”

    Erica Donnelly-Greenan (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, California, USA) and colleagues have published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin on surveys of entangled seabirds on the coast of California. Sooty Shearwaters Ardenna grisea made...

    https://www.acap.aq/en/latest-news/3400-a-black-footed-albatross-was-found-entangled-in-discarded-balloons-and-strings-on-marina-state-beach-in-june-2013
  • A Northern Giant Petrel that dies during treatment in Brazil is found to contain plastic

    other posts to ACAP Latest News that describe more cases of giant petrels ingesting plastic objects, as well as latex balloons. With thanks to Projeto Albatroz, photographs from CRAM-FURG. John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 31 October 2019

    https://www.acap.aq/en/latest-news/3411-a-northern-giant-petrel-that-dies-during-treatment-in-brazil-is-found-to-contain-plastic

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