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Albatross Dispersal from Kure Atoll - 2008

A project of Albatross Conservation Collaborative in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Bonnell Cove (84323) Black-footed AlbatrossSub-adult (Plumage 2)2008-05-262008-07-3166
Colbert (84322) Black-footed AlbatrossAdult (6 yrs)2008-05-282008-07-1750
Delaney (84317) Black-footed AlbatrossAdult (6 yrs)2008-05-292008-07-0436
HPU (84319) Black-footed AlbatrossAdult (Plumage 3)2008-05-262008-07-2661
Indiana (84320) Black-footed AlbatrossAdult (Plumage 3)2008-05-262008-07-1651
Ka'upu (84316) Black-footed AlbatrossSub-Adult (Plumage 2)2008-05-302008-07-3061
Malama (84318) Black-footed AlbatrossAdult (Plumage 3)2008-05-302008-07-2960
Slick (84321) Black-footed AlbatrossAdult (Plumage 3)2008-05-272008-07-1852

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This study will track the summer-time movements of Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) dispersing from their breeding colony in Kure Atoll, the western-most breeding colony in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. More specifically, we will explore the movements of satellite-tracked albatross with respect to national exclusive economic zones (E.E.Z.s), and will identify areas of overlap with illegal - unreported - unregulated (IUU) driftnet fisheries operating in the high seas.

In particular, this research addresses three complementary objectives: (i) to enhance the understanding of albatross movements across the North Pacific Ocean; (ii) to provide information on the conservation status and threats to this species in the NW Pacific, and (iii) to increase the public appreciation and stewardship for albatross conservation.

The eight tags deployed on breeding birds performed very well, with a mean tracking duration of 54.6 +/- 9.5 days (SD). Five transmitters surpassed the expected battery life-span of 52 days, with a maximum duration of 66 days.

Project Partners

Oikonos - Ecosystem Knowledge is working closely with Hawai'i Pacific University, NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary program, the State of Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources, the U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Satellite to improve our understanding of albatross ecology and encourage public stewardship of the open ocean.



Project Sponsors

This research is funded by NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary program and the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, with sponsorship of individual birds by the following organizations: U.S. Satellite, Hawai'i Pacific University and the Bonnell Cove Foundation.

Private donations are greatly appreciated and can be made online through this web-site:

NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary program, the State of Hawai'i DLNR, and Oikonos - Ecosystem Knowledge provided in-kind support to make this research and associated outreach activities possible.



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