The tale of two birds

27 January 2019 | Environment

Two bird rings that were received by fishermen last year, tell the story of how they ended up at the Albatross Task Force (ATF) in Namibia.

An adult Cape gannet was found in August last year after being caught on a fishing hook by a long line vessel, and a juvenile Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross was caught in October ­during fishing operations in a trawl net.

Luckily wild birds are permanently tagged by registered ringers and each metal ring has a unique number to keep track and study the birds' movements, habits, breeding, deaths and survival rates.

The ring found on the albatross belongs to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). This specific Yellow-nosed albatross was ringed as a chick on January 2017 on Nightingale Island in Tristan Da Cunha Island groups. The bird travelled an impressive 2 940km from where it was first ringed, in 576 days ago.

Fifteen out of 22 albatross species are considered at risk of extinction due to several threats, including plastic pollution, habitat disturbances and incidental mortality due to interaction with fishing gear. The Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross which occur in the southern Atlantic oceans between South America and Southern Africa and live up to 70 years, is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Cape gannet

The Cape gannet was ringed by Pete Bartlett, a Senior Fisheries Research Technician ofthe Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) in March 2000, on Ichaboe Island off the coast of Namibia. It was ringed as a chick and was found 130 km from Ichaboe, 18 years 7 months and 20 days later.

This information was revealed by the South African Bird ringing Unit after ATF Namibia sent the ring code.

Cape gannets face threats such as pollution, human disturbances and bycatch from the fishing industry. They are also listed as endangered by the IUCN. They only breed on three Namibian islands and three islands in South Africa. However, they also occur in coastal waters off the gulf of Guinea and in the coastal waters off Tanzania. Cape gannets can live up to 40 years.

The ATF, managed by the Namibia Nature Foundation, liaise closely with the MFMR, the Fisheries Observer Agency and commercial fishermen to raise awareness about seabird conservation and the implementation of seabird bycatch mitigation measures to ensure sustainable reduction of the incidental seabird mortality in Namibian fishing grounds, which ultimately promotes sustainable harvesting of our marine resources and health of our ocean ecosystem.

The ATF encourages the public to contact them if they have any questions or information relating to seabirds or conservation on 061 248 345 or email to [email protected]

Similar News


Conservation snapshot

20 hours ago | Environment

On Tuesday (19 February), Peter Bridgeford launches the book Conservation Pioneers in Namibia and stories by Game Rangers at the Scientific Society.This book of personal...

Elke bietjie help

1 week ago - 10 February 2019 | Environment

Yolanda Nel Daar is niks so lekker soos ’n heerlike espresso nie – veral nie as daardie varsgemaalde goue stroop deur ’n masjien loop nie.En...

Insects heading to Windhoek soon

1 week ago - 04 February 2019 | Environment

Yolanda Nel With large areas of the capital already infested by three invasive cactus species, various avenues are being pursued to prevent further spread...

Get your green fingers going

3 weeks ago - 27 January 2019 | Environment

Ever wanted to grow your own veg? Then don't miss out on seedling production training taking place in the capital next month.This hands on training...

Kniediep in die gemors

3 weeks ago - 27 January 2019 | Environment

Yolanda Nel - Inwoners van die Hakahana informele nedersetting in die hoofstad is moeg dat versoeke aan die Windhoekse stadsraad om rommel te verwyder, op...

Working towards a cleaner country

3 weeks ago - 27 January 2019 | Environment

Tourism remains one of the strongest pillars of the Namibian economy and has the potential to address unemployment and poverty. Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) is...

Bring jou koffiebeker

3 weeks ago - 27 January 2019 | Environment

Yolanda Nel - Dit blyk 2019 het almal met mening laat wakker skrik oor ons menslike impak op Moedernatuur en besighede kom links en regs...

Creating a greener Namibia

4 weeks ago - 20 January 2019 | Environment

I'm between Windhoek and Swakopmund in the Khomas Hochland. The ground is mostly rocky and the closer you get to the Namib, the lower the...

Claims of financial mismanagement at conservancies

4 weeks ago - 20 January 2019 | Environment

Ellanie Smit - The financial mismanagement at conservancies in Namibia has been a growing concern, which loomed large in 2017. This according to the...

The long road to recycling

4 weeks ago - 20 January 2019 | Environment

Yolanda Nel - Although an increase in the recycling rate of e-waste was seen in Namibia last year, other statistics show that we are also...

Latest News

Rare diseases in the spotlight

20 hours ago | Health

Yolanda NelA rare disease medical seminar takes place in Windhoek on 28 February to raise awareness amongst those affected by it.According to Bianca Özcan of...

Vier fees ­vir droogtehulp

20 hours ago | Events

Yolanda Nel“Ons probeer om die mense wat elke dag kos op ons tafels sit, te help.”Juis daarom het 'n groep mense besluit om 'n insameling...

Pas op vir dié skelmstreke

20 hours ago | Crime

Yolanda Nel - Kleinsake-eienaars waarsku hul kliënte teen ’n foefie waarmee hulle gevra word om vir ’n diens of produk te betaal waarvan die entrepreneur...

Done and dusted

20 hours ago | People

Windhoek • Yolanda NelWhat began as maintaining his own guitar collection, has become both a passion and a hobby when he has a moment to...

Orchestras that play together, stay...

20 hours ago | Education

When more than 120 young musicians and their teachers rehearse for a week and let their musical skills run wild, the outcome is certainly something...

Maltas rock in the USA

20 hours ago | Education

The Maltas Club Namibia recently travelled to the USA to undertake an experiential learning trip. The purpose was threefold: to learn more about American culture,...

Big bucks for top students

20 hours ago | Education

Standard Bank Namibia handed over N$302 000 to the three best performing learners in each of the country's 14 regions who sat for last November's...

Body goals

20 hours ago | Columns

Adolf KaureThe Holy Bible says that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit and that automatically gives everyone an obligation to take care...

Conservation snapshot

20 hours ago | Environment

On Tuesday (19 February), Peter Bridgeford launches the book Conservation Pioneers in Namibia and stories by Game Rangers at the Scientific Society.This book of personal...

Load More