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The southern oceans are important for threatened seabirds

New Zealand Storm-petrel, © Brent Stephenson

The highest densities of threatened seabirds are found in international waters in the southern oceans, with a particular concentration around New Zealand.


Density map of threatened seabirds in the southern oceans

Analysis of data held in BirdLife’s World Bird Database (2008)

The ranges of globally threatened seabirds cover both marine areas in the Economic Exclusion Zones of many countries and also large parts of the open oceans outside national sovereignty. For example, the highest densities of threatened seabirds are found in international waters in the southern oceans, with a particular concentration in the Tasman Sea and the south-western Pacific around New Zealand (see figure). International co-operation is therefore required to conserve such species, many of which are threatened through incidental capture by commercial longline fisheries.



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References

BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008. CD-ROM. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International.

Compiled 2004, updated 2008

Recommended Citation:
BirdLife International (2008) The southern oceans are important for threatened seabirds. Presented as part of the BirdLife State of the world's birds website. Available from: http://birdlife.org/datazone/sowb/casestudy/111. Checked: 30/07/2014