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Tern Island Albatrosses - 1998
Fernandez P., D.J. Anderson, P.R. Sievert, and K. Huyvaert. 2001. Foraging destinations of three low-latitude albatross (Phoebastria) species. Journal of Zoology. 254: 391-404

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Satellite telemetry data of two albatrosses species nesting in Tern Island tracked during the 1998 breeding season. more

Satellite telemetry was used to identify the foraging distributions of two congeneric species of albatrosses that nest in the tropics/subtropics. Breeding Black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) and Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) nesting in Tern Island (Northwest Hawaiian Islands) and tracked during the 1998 breeding season (January - June) performed foraging trips to continental shelves off North America. Black-footed albatross made long trips to the west coast of North America (British Columbia to California). Laysan albatross traveled primarily to the north of the Hawaiian Islands, and reached the waters of the Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska. These albatross species mixed short and long trips during the chick-rearing period (February - June), but engaged in short foraging trips during the brooding period (within 18 days after chick hatched, January - February). The analysis of albatross movement patterns showed that the core feeding areas during long trips were located over the continental shelves of North America, from California to the Aleutians. An understanding on the foraging biology of North Pacific albatrosses has important implications for assessing their bycatch risk in commercial fisheries. We thank C. Alexander, L. Carsten, P. Fernández, F. Juola, P. Sievert, A. Viggiano and S. Wang for assistance in the field, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for logistical support. This research was funded by National Science Foundation grant DEB 9629539 to D. Anderson.

Biology > Birds
Marine, I, North Pacific, Aves

Geographical coverage
I, North Pacific [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
23 January 1998 - 9 August 1998

Taxonomic coverage
Aves [WoRMS]

Duke University; Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences; Marine Laboratory, more Wake Forest University, moredata owner

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OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Based on this dataset:
Fernández, P. et al. (2001). Foraging destinations of three low-latitude albatross (Phoebastria) species. J. Zool. (1987) 254(3): 391-404., more


Dataset information:

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research
Metadatarecord created: 2012-11-22
Information last updated: 2012-12-07
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