WWF welcomes new Royal Patron for seabirds
Chris Howe, Executive Director of WWF-New Zealand and Trustee of Southern Seabird Solutions said: “Magnificent albatross and other seabirds that rule our oceans’ skies will benefit greatly from royal endorsement of efforts to reduce the numbers of birds killed or injured by fishing gear.
“Prince Charles is globally known and respected for his involvement in environmental issues, including seabird conservation. It is a great honour to have his support for the Trust’s work in New Zealand and the southern ocean region.”
Prince Charles is also President of WWF-UK, announced in late 2011, WWF’s 50th anniversary year.
The announcement coincides with Prince Charles’ visit to New Zealand with the Duchess of Cornwall as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.
The Trust is an innovative alliance of the New Zealand seafood industry, the New Zealand government, WWF-New Zealand and Te Ohu Kaimoana formed in 2002 to reduce fishing-related harm to seabirds. It works with fishers throughout the southern hemisphere to provide information and education about seabirds as well as best methods to keep seabirds away from fishing vessels.
Representatives from the Trust – including the winners of the Trust’s Seabird Smart Awards - will meet the Prince of Wales at a reception at Government House tonight. The Seabird Smart Awards were founded in 2005 to recognise and encourage those who reduce risks to seabirds.