An independent, multi-disciplinary, international group working in cooperation to understand and address issues faced by birds in their marine environment.
Not nearly enough is known about Atlantic seabirds and their vulnerability to a number of current and emerging threats while in their primary offshore habitats. Data on their pelagic distribution and abundance are critical for monitoring population trends, understanding their basic ecology and role in marine ecosystems, assessing actual or potential impacts from oil spills, fisheries by-catch, and offshore development (shipping, wind generation, gas and mineral exploration), identifying critical marine habitats, and educating the public about marine conservation issues. The Northwest Atlantic Birds at Sea Conservation Cooperative has formed and is committed to engaging resource agencies and partners in and outside its membership to develop new alliances to prioritize and implement research, management, policy and educational actions needed to sustain marine birds in their offshore environments.
By 2025 marine bird population status, distribution and habitat use patterns in the Northwest Atlantic are well understood and incorporated into marine resource policies and regulations such that bird populations are stable and sustainable into the future.
Structure of the Cooperative
The Northwestern Atlantic Birds at Sea Conservation Cooperative functions through ad-hoc working groups whose chairs form the Cooperative’s Steering Committee. Working groups are issue-specific and form and dissolve as goals are identified and accomplished, respectively. The entire Cooperative meets semi-annually to review marine bird priorities and to set the groundwork for implementing priority actions for the following 2 years.
Summary from the Northwestern Atlantic Marine Bird Conservation Cooperative Meeting
March 6-8, 2013,Charleston, South Carolina
The Northwest Atlantic Marine Bird Conservation Cooperative met in Charleston, South Carolina, March 6-8, 2013. Presentations on work underway or accomplished over the past year were given by many participants.
Summaries of workshop results and presentations are posted here.
Longtailed Duck. Photo courtesy of Harry Sell