Albatrosses and petrels


New Zealand is the seabird capital of the world, with 14 of the 24 species of albatross breeding here. They spend about 85% of their life at sea, often stay with one mate for life, and often raise a chick only every second year.  So they are vulnerable to being caught on fishing longlines. As albatrosses feed in the surface waters, they are also at risk if waters warm and their food swims deeper in cooler water.