Winged Ambassadors - Race for a Clean Ocean
Follow the migration of these magnificent navigators during the summer of 2008
Black-footed albatross are proficient sailors, using the wind and swells to travel vast distances across the North Pacific. During these open ocean voyages they are threatened by human activities, including incidental mortality in longline fisheries and ingestion of floating plastic debris. These impacts can be reduced through simple actions driven by responsible consumer choices and behavior.
In the summer of 2008, we tagged 18 Black-footed Albatross with small and light-weight satellite transmitters at two locations: Kure Atoll (western-most island in the Hawaiian archipelago) and Cordell Bank (central California). We used this technology to follow their movements across the North Pacific Ocean and to map their migration routes and foraging grounds.