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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 35 n°33

Friend of the Sea and Galapagos Conservation Trust join forces for the Galapagos Albatross

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 dicembre 2022

The list of conservation projects involving Friend of the Sea® is growing. The World Sustainability Organization (WSO) programme is excited to announce a new partnership with UK charity, Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), to protect the waved albatross in the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador.Through the support and donation that Friend of the Sea® will provide to GCT, it will be possible to complete the classification of plastic objects found on the beaches of the Galapagos Islands and analyse one of the main threats to the albatross, as well as to other marine and land species that are endemic to the islands. The waved albatross is a giant bird, mostly found only in Galapagos, that has a wingspan of up to two and a half metres. They feed mainly on fish, squid and other invertebrates, often scavenging near fishing boats. They are also known to steal food from other birds, such as boobies. The greatest threat comes from human activities, particularly fishing. Long-lining fishing boats lay out hundreds of miles of baited hooks that attract birds, and once they try to eat the bait, they can get hooked and often drown after being dragged underwater. The Galapagos Marine Reserve has banned long-lining, but once the birds leave the Reserve, they have no protection. They are also at threat from marine plastic pollution, water pollution, oil slicks and chemicals. In addition, intentional harvesting of the albatross for human consumption and feathers has dramatically increased in recent years.Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) is the only UK-registered charity to focus solely on the conservation of the Galapagos Islands, one of the most unique and ecologically essential but vulnerable areas in the world.GCT supports impactful conservation programmes across the Archipelago, partnering with Ecuadorian authorities, NGOs, local communities, and leading scientists in Galapagos and worldwide.By raising funds and awareness, GCT supports and delivers projects in Galapagos and responds to crucial threats facing the Islands, focusing on controlling invasive species, building climate resilience, stopping species extinctions and reducing human impacts. GCT also runs the Pacific Plastics: Science to Solutions regional network, looking at efforts to tackle plastic pollution and reduce risks to wildlife, including albatrosses, across the whole Eastern Pacific.Founded in 2008 by Paolo Bray, Friend of the Sea® has become the leading global standard for products, food and non-food, and services that respect and protect the ocean and its resources. Friend of the Sea® has been developing its initiatives to protect endangered species and selecting conservation projects to provide support and funding to for years.

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