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Light mantled sooty albatross and chick

Photo 81: Light mantled sooty albatross and chick. (NOAA Photo Library.)

May 7, 2012. Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s Scientific Committee adopts best practice seabird mitigation measures proposed by ACAP. The final report is also available

Jan. 26, 2012. NOAA amended the regulations for three national marine sanctuaries with a final rule that establishes a minimum altitude for motorized aircrafts above the sanctuaries to mitigate disturbance of seabirds and marine mammals.

Jan. 18, 2012. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release, "Second Short-Tailed Albatross Hatches at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge – Chick increases hope for continued recovery of the species."

Jan. 11, 2012. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a proposal to regulate the killing of seabirds by vessels in the Hawaiian swordfish fishery. This action marks the first time the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) has been invoked to protect seabirds in federal waters. The USFWS released its draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on Jan. 10, 2012.

Nov. 29, 2011. Convention on Migratory Species adopts resolutions on bycatch in gill nets and on marine debris.

Nov. 29, 2011. ICCAT Commission meeting adopts a supplemental seabird recommendation in the South Atlantic.

Nov. 29, 2011. Japanese fishing master wins WWF Smart Gear prizes for double-weight branch line to save albatrosses and petrels.

Nov. 17, 2011. Hook pod trials conducted off Brazil will help to keep albatrosses and petrels safe at sea.

Oct. 15, 2011Seabird mitigation measures for longline, trawl and gillnet fisheries reviewed. What is best practice?

Jan. 14, 2011U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release, "Short-Tailed Albatross Chick Hatches at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge." This is the first confirmed hatching of a short-tailed albatross outside of the islands surrounding Japan in recorded history. The Refuge is part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.