Seabird Tracking

Photo: Dr Jill Shephard

NACC and the Conservation Council of Western Australia has completed an innovative multi-partner research project which has identified areas of high oceanic productivity in the eastern Indian Ocean by tracking the feeding movements of two migratory seabird species: Sooty Terns (Onychoprion fuscatus) and Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus). Seabird feeding sites act as a predictive indicator of high productivity, which is of particular relevance to the management of fisheries and marine reserves. Data from this project will soon be published in peer reviewed scientific journals.
The results from this project has contributed to the invaluable resource document Seabird Sentinels – A guide to using marine birds to monitor marine ecosystems in Western Australia. This “go-to” guide for studies on seabird ecology summarises decades of carefully documented research by the Conservation Council of Western Australia.

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