Save Endangered Albatrosses From Deadly Fishing Lines


Target: United States Congress
Goal: Support efforts to protect the endangered albatross from deadly fishing lines.

Giant albatrosses spend years soaring over the open ocean, coming to land only to nest. But these magnificent birds are some of the most endangered on the planet and often die tragic deaths, becoming entangled in fishing lines and drowning.

We must pass legislation that addresses the survival of some of these special birds. Of the 22 species of albatrosses, 19 are threatened with extinction and more than half of the petrel species are endangered as well. This important legislation provides the framework for the United States to implement the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, an international treaty that more than a dozen countries have already signed. It would allow us to showcase United States leadership on this issue–the U.S. fishing fleet already uses the easy-to-implement, low-cost solutions that are 97% effective in reducing avian mortality from long-line fishing. Passing this legislation is the first step in giving our negotiators the leverage they need to press other countries to implement these same common sense measures and help conserve these magnificent birds.

It would require no new regulations and no expenditures from the budget. And this legislation enjoys bipartisan support–it was first proposed and introduced by the Bush administration and is included on the priority list of treaties supported by the Obama administration. Sign the petition below to support these efforts to save the albatross before it is too late.

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  • Robyn Fendall
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