About us

We work with commercial fishers, recreational anglers and associated agencies and industry to reduce harm to seabirds from fishing. Our motto, conservation through cooperation, expresses our desire to empower fishers using a cooperative and practical approach to seabird conservation.

Our work is also international and we run projects that contribute to reducing the effects of fishing on seabirds in fisheries in the Southern Hemisphere.

Southern Seabird Solutions Trust is an innovative alliance with representatives from the seafood industry, New Zealand government, WWF-New Zealand, Te Ohu Kaimoana and recreational anglers. Trust supporters also include environmental groups, eco-tourism operators, fishing gear retailers and seabird ecologists.

Download a copy of the History of Southern Seabird Solutions Trust.

Read our most recent Annual Report.

Find out who our Trustees and Management Committee are, and view a summary of our Projects.

The Trust has significant financial and in-kind support from our Partners and Sponsors.

Trustees and personnel on the way up Hirakimata to the black petrel colony, 2015

Role and purpose

Our primary roles are to:

  • encourage New Zealand fishers to become world leaders in developing and using effective mitigation measures, and acknowledge role model fishers and fleets;
  • implement cooperative projects that build commitment for use of mitigation measures, and transfer of technology and knowledge between countries;
  • support multi-stakeholder groups with similar objectives to the Trust in other countries;
  • encourage all fishing nations to join the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) and encourage them to implement effective National Plans of Action;
  • carry out research that contributes to the conservation of albatrosses and petrels, and seek resources to enable the Trust to implement its projects.