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Seabirds Found Dead on New Zealand Beaches in 1994

TitleSeabirds Found Dead on New Zealand Beaches in 1994
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsTaylor, GA
Type of Articlereport
KeywordsNewell'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.

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