Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Black-browed Albatrosses interacting with trawlers in the South Atlantic: a photo essay

The following pictures were taken from fishing trawlers in the South Atlantic.

Very large numbers of Black-browed Albatrosses Thalassarche melanophris congregate behind vessels in that region to scavenge on discards. This can result in mortalities as some birds collide and become entangled with the warp cables, breaking a wing or being dragged below the sea surface when they may drown.   

With thanks to Graham Parker for the use of his photographs.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 30 October 2011