Photos Courtesy: Yamashina Institute for Ornithology
The conservation and recovery of the short-tailed albatross has required extensive collaboration among many partners. Toho University, the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, and the Japan Ministry of Environment along with many supporters conducted early conservation efforts on Torishima, the main breeding island. Since 1998, Japan and the U.S. have jointly supported conservation efforts for short-tailed albatross at-sea through fisheries bycatch prevention and in establishing a new breeding colony. Additional fisheries bycatch reduction efforts have occurred with Canadian and Russian partners. The short-tailed albatross endangered species recovery team (pictured above with Japan’s Prince Akishino) formed in 2002 had representatives from the Australian Antarctic Division, Canadian Wildlife Service, Hokkaido University, Japan Ministry of Environment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, North Pacific Longline Association, Oregon State University, Toho University, University of Massachusetts, University of Tokyo, University of Washington Sea Grant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Yamashina Institute for Ornithology.
Key funding partners for recent recovery efforts include:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Japan Ministry of the Environment, North Pacific Research Board, Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Suntory Fund for Bird Conservation, Asahi Newspaper Company, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Environmental Fund.
USFWS. 2008. Short-tailed albatross recovery plan. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage.