Seabirds Found Dead on New Zealand Beaches in 1994
|Title||Seabirds Found Dead on New Zealand Beaches in 1994|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1996|
|Type of Article||report|
|Keywords||Newell's Shearwater, Puffinus newelli, Seabird mortality|
During 1994, participants in the Beach Patrol Scheme patrolled 3253 km of the New Zealand coastline. 5477 dead seabirds of 55 species, plus 121 individuals of 25 non- seabird species were found. Unusual finds were the first New Zealand record of a Newell's Shearwater (Puffinus newelli), one Soft-plumaged Petrel (Pterodroma mollis) and one Eastern Little Tern (Sterna albifrons sinensis). Large numbers of Kerguelen Petrels (Lugensa brevirostris), Flesh-footed Shearwaters (Puffinus carneipes) and Buller's Mollymawks (Diomedea bulleri) were beach-cast in 1994. Fisheries-related mortality was identified for some seabirds found on beach patrols.