Black-footed Albatross resting at sea in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, approximtely 45 km northwest of San Francisco. The antenna visible in this photo indicates the position of the transmitter,which was attached to the back feathers with tape. © Sophie Webb 2007
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Project Description - The Albatross Collaborative
Oikonos is collaborating with Hawai'i Pacific University, U.S. Geological Survey, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, State of Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources, and the Papahanaumokukea Marine National Monument, to improve our understanding of albatross ecology toward effective conservation and stewardship of highly migratory species.
The project addresses three priorities:
Because Black-footed Albatross range across management
zones and jurisdictions, they are susceptible to broadly-distributed threats
in national waters and the high-seas. Thus, international collaboration
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Thank you to the Albatross and the following people helping support this work:
On Kure Atoll, the NOAA vessel RV Oscar Setter and Midway NWR provided transportation to the breeding colony. We thank the personnel on Kure assisting with the field work: Brad Vanderlip, Amarisa, Jessie Lopez, and Mike Lewis.
On Cordell Bank, Captains Michael Carver, Josh Churchman and Tom Baty kept the birds and crew safe. Hannah Nevins and Cheryl Baduini were instrumental in beginning this research. We also thank the other biologists that braved the stinky squid and rolling seas: Sophie Webb, Denise Hardesty, Franz Kuemmeth, Cheryl Baduini, Diana Humple, Amon Armstrong, Sue Abbott, Tanner Nevill, Viola Toniolo, Pam Michael.
Other supporters include:
Hyrenbach, K.D., Keiper, C., Allen, S.G., Anderson, D.J., and Ainley D.G. 2006. Use of national marine sanctuaries by far-ranging predators: commuting flights to central California by breeding Hawaiian albatrosses. Fisheries Oceanography 15 (2): 95-103.
Hyrenbach, K.D., Dotson, R.C. 2001. Post-breeding movements of a male black-footed albatross Phoebastria nigripes. Mar. Ornithol. 29, 23-26.
Hyrenbach, K.D., and Dotson, R.C.
2003. Assessing the susceptibility of female
Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes)
to longline fisheries during their post-breeding
dispersal: an integrated approach. Biol. Conserv.
Hyrenbach, K.D., Fernández,
P., Anderson, D.J. 2002. Oceanographic habitats
of two sympatric North Pacific albatrosses during
the breeding season. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 233,
NOAA National Centers for Coastal
Ocean Science (NCCOS). 2003. A biogeographic
assessment off north / central California: to
support the joint management plan review for
Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, and Monterey
Bay National Marine Sanctuaries: Phase 1 prepared
by NCCOS's Biogeography Program in Cooperation
with the National Marine Sanctuary Program Silver