Atlantic Coast Joint Venture

Northwestern Atlantic Marine Bird Conservation Cooperative

An independent, multi-disciplinary, international group working in cooperation to understand and address issues faced by birds in their marine environment.

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Fall 2013 Marine Bird Cooperative Update

  • The Northwest Atlantic Marine Bird Conservation Cooperative 2012 Annual Meeting
  • Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS)
  • Tracking Caribbean Seabirds
  • SEANET (Seabird Ecological Assessment Network)
  • Black-capped Petrel on Hispaņiola
  • Atlantic Canada Pelagic Seabird Monitoring and Conservation Program
  • Determining Offshore Use of Diving Bird Species in Federal Waters of the Mid-Atlantic United States using Satellite Tracking
  • Satellite Tracking Razorbills in the Gulf of Maine
  • Metapopulation Dynamics and Ecology of Roseate Terns
  • Biodiversity Research Institute - Offshore Surveys, Contaminants, and Data Management Projects
  • Atlantic Marine Bird Mapping, Modeling, and Biogeographic Assessment Efforts at NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
  • Sea Duck Joint Venture, Atlantic and Great Lakes Sea Duck Migration Study
  • Southeast Fisheries Science Center Seabird Bycatch Project
  • Foraging strategies and facilitative interactions among Common (Sterna hirundo) and Roseate Terns (S. dougallii) in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean.
  • Compendium Phase II - Database Update
  • Compendium Current Work Update
  • Stellwagen Sanctuary Seabird Stewards Program (S4), NOAA/Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
  • South Atlantic Information Resources: Data Search And Literature Synthesis

2012 Update

2010 Update

June 2008 Update


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.

Vision Statement:

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.


Meeting Summary Notes

Meeting Participants


AMAPPS Presentation, Melanie Steinkamp and TIm Jones

Pelagic Seabird Monitoring and Conservation Program - Atlantic, Carina Gjerdrum
Overview of Studies Underway in the Southeast Atlantic, Patrick Jodice
Predictive models of at-sea marine bird occurence and abundance in the Mid-Atlantic, Brian Kinlan
Statistical analyses to support guidelines for marine avian sampling, Brian Kinlan
The Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies Project – an update on year 1. Iain Stenhouse

Statistical Analyses to Support Guidelines for Marine Avian Sampling, BOEM Final Report

Country Updates - U.S. (Alaska), Dave Irons & Kathy Kuletz
Norwegian Highlights, CBird Group
Stellwagon Sanctuary Seabird Stewards, Anne-Marie Runfola
Iain Stenhouse's Tracking Study update : video of red-throated loons








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Archived Meeting and Workshop Summaries

long-tailed duck

Longtailed Duck. Photo courtesy of Harry Sell


Last updated 04/14/11