Monitoring of threatened albatrosses and penguins



The aim of the project is to obtain vital new information on the population status of several threatened and/or globally important species of albatrosses and penguins. The islands to be visited during ACE are those identified as top priorities for surveys of specific populations by the Populations and Conservation Status working group of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP), or hold major populations of penguins for which no recent count data exists. We will also validate the use of satellite imagery for counting great Diomedea. Albatrosses. In addition, depending on permits for access to some islands, the tagging of several key populations of albatrosses will allow for the first time the evaluation of habitat preferences of these top predators during the breeding season, which is critical for modelling the potential impact of climate and oceanographic change. In addition, the tracking and isotopic sampling study will allow us to estimate the degree of overlap between albatrosses and penguins and the marine environment and measure overlap with fisheries, which are a major threat to several species.

Principal Investigator (PI)

Henri Weimerskirch

Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé


Monitoring of threatened albatrosses and penguins: population censuses and distribution at sea

Principal institution / country

  • British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge (UK)
  • PercyFitzPatrick Institute of Ornithology, University of Capetown, Capetown (South Africa)