Polina Venka
Footage and photography credits
BirdLife Malta
LIFE PanPuffinus!
Nicholas Galea
Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO/BirdLife)
Directorate General for Maritime Policy and Sustainable Fisheries
Government of Catalonia (Spain)
Roxani Naasan Aga-Spyridopoulou/iSea
Elisabete Silva, Flávia Carvalho & Inês Casinhas (SPEA)
Pep Arcos
Pere Josa
Vero Cortés
Ana Almeida
Danae Portolou
Rita Matos
Manuel Espojeiro
Luis Ferreira
Aris Christidis

Murat Gelir

How policymakers can help reduce seabird bycatch!

This video was created as part of the LIFE PanPuffinus! project, to bring an important message to policymakers, by policymakers. The video features Maria Damanaki, Former European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (Greece) and independent advisor on climate-oceans and Sergi Tudela Casanovas, Director General for Maritime Policy and Sustainable Fisheries, Government of Catalonia (Spain). The video explores the threats that seabirds face at sea, specifically bycatch, and the work being done by the international community to address this issue.

The message being sent is clear – it is important to understand and monitor the issues at sea that threaten seabirds, to know what actions are needed. At a national level we need to engage stakeholders and involve them in finding solutions, and use public funds to promote more sustainable and wildlife-friendly gears. Policy instruments like Action Plans are also crucial tools, along with conservation actions on the ground implemented by NGOs and other entities. The LIFE PanPuffinus! project is one such initiative that is helping to reduce bycatch by working with fishers to trial mitigation measures and collect more data on the extent of the bycatch issue in the Mediterranean.

In this video, we encourage policymakers to reflect on the messages being shared by Maria Damanaki and Sergi Tudela Casanovas, and influence policy at a high level to ensure a brighter future for seabirds.

This project is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union or the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

You can also watch the video in Maltese here.

Polina Venka, Manya Russo, Nathaniel Attard
Footage and photography credits
BirdLife Malta
Vero Cortes
Pep Arcos
Dolphin Compilation
Stunning Sea Turtles Tropical Paradise – With baby Turtles for Sea & Turtles Lovers
Milena Berezina

The environmental leaders are calling
to protect our seas!

Our seas are as beautiful as they are fragile. They are a source of food, energy and life, yet human pressure shakes the ecological balance of the marine ecosystems.

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the richest and most diverse habitats, it is home for up to 18% of the world’s marine biodiversity, including thousands of species which are endemic to the sea basin. It is vital to preserve and appreciate these treasures of nature. Everyone should step in and do their part to save our seas which we are so much dependent on.

In this video, we asked the environmental leaders why it is so important to protect marine life. Let’s hear the voices for our seas from Malta’s Minister for Environment, Energy and Enterprise Miriam Dalli, and Malta’s Ocean Ambassador for the UN’s 2021-2030 Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development Prof. Alan Deidun.

This video is prepared as a part of the cross-Mediterranean project LIFE PanPuffinus! uniting the partners from Greece, France, Malta, Spain and Portugal to work for the conservation of vulnerable Balearic and Yelkouan Shearwaters – the endemic seabirds of the Mediterranean.

Collaboration between fishers and NGOs to protect shearwaters

This video was produced by LPO for the launch of the LIFE PanPuffinus! project.

In this video, Alain Bougrain Dubourg, LPO’s President, and Christian Molinero, President of the French Fisheries Committee involved in this project (CRPMEM PACA), present their motivation to work together and highlight the importance of a collaboration between fishers and NGOs such as LPO to preserve biodiversity.

International Day for Biological Diversity 2021 video

This video was produced for International Day for Biological Diversity 2021 when BirdLife Malta and Majjistral Park joined forces to create a giant image of the Yelkouan Shearwater at Golden Bay.

This was done as part of the international event withNature2020 – a global collaborative artwork seeking to engage people with biodiversity and to urge for its protection.

You can also watch the spectacular aerial footage of the Yelkouan image which was created.

Project launch video

This video was produced for the launch of the LIFE PanPuffinus! project which was held on Friday 18 June 2021 at Salina Nature Reserve.

It provides details about the project species and also describes the project’s aims to protect these endangered shearwater species by tackling the two major threats that they face throughout their life cycles: predation by invasive mammals on land, and accidental bycatch in fishing gear at sea.

You can watch the video in English and also in Maltese.