Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge set to track ACAP-listed Black-footed Albatrosses and Pink-footed Shearwaters at sea

 Oikonos Black footed Albatross satellite tag

The aerial is visible on this Black-footed Albatross tagged on Laysan Island.  The satellite transmitter is taped to back feathers and is expected to fall off in c. three months

The USA-based environmental NGO, Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge has been busy fitting tracking devices to two ACAP-listed species in two hemispheres,  They are the Near Threatened Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes in the USA’s North-Western Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) and on in the north and the Vulnerable Pink-footed Shearwater Ardenna creatopus on Chile’s Juan Fernández Archipelago in the south.

Information from the Februaty 2024 Newsletter (subscribe here).

Black-footed Albatross - Laysan Island

Jessie Beck and Ilana Nimz  of Oikonos, along with members of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service  visited Laysan Island in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument last month for a single day and deployed 10 satellite transmitters and 20 archival Global Location Sensing (GLS) tags on adult Black-footed Albatrosses.  The study builds on “two decades of work to better understand albatross mortality in fisheries (termed bycatch) throughout the North Pacific.”  A separate team is on Kure Atoll, the most western island within the monument, deploying more tags on Black-footed Albatrosses.

pmnm expansion mapNorth-Western Hawaiian Islands within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (solid line)

Pink-footed Shearwater - Santa Clara and Robinson Crusoe Islands

Recently, an Oikonos team visited Santa Clara and Robinson Crusoe Islands in the Juan Fernández Archipelago  to study Pink-footed Shearwaters. The team equipped 39 shearwaters with GLS tags and six with satellite transmitters.  This study is funded by Environment Canada and is a collaboration with the Department of Oceanography, Universidad de Concepción.  Studying aspects of the biology and conservation of the Pink-footed Shearwaters (including by tracking on migration) is a long-standing project of Oikonos.  News from the Oikonos Facebook page.

Oikonos Pink footed Sheawater satellite transmitter
A Pink-footed Shearwater shows the aerial of its back-mounted satellite tracker, all photographs from Oikonos

John Cooper, Emeritus Information Officer, Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, 07 March 2024

The Agreement on the
Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

ACAP is a multilateral agreement which seeks to conserve listed albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters by coordinating international activity to mitigate known threats to their populations.

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