©: Kath Walker/DOC

In a little more than a decade, we have lost two-thirds of the population.

The Antipodean albatross is New Zealand's most endangered albatross.

About 2,300 die each year, mostly killed by longline fishing vessels. Under the current projected decline only about 400 breeding pairs may remain in 2050.

Help us save them from extinction.


There are mitigation measures that can significantly reduce seabird bycatch. That can stop Antipodean albatrosses from dying.

  • You can set the lines at night as albatross only feed by day.

  • You can use weighted lines which sink faster so birds have less time to get at them. 

  • You can hang lines of streamers above that act as bird scaring devices.

These are all effective. Even more so when using all three at once. But in New Zealand only two are required, and other mitigation measures to prevent seabird bycatch are just recommended.  

We are calling on the Government to make all three best practice mitigation measures mandatory.