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Short-tailed Albatross (Phoebastria Albatrus)

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Assessment Summary

 

Assessment Summary – November 2003

Common name:

Short-tailed Albatross

Scientific name:
Phoebastria albatrus

Status:
Threatened

Reason for designation:
This species was once an abundant seabird along the coast of British Columbia but its numbers declined to near extinction in the early 20th century. Numbers are now slowly increasing. Albatross populations in general are very sensitive to incidental catch by commercial fisheries and oil spills; while these impacts have not been documented for this species in Canadian waters they pose a significant potential threat.

Occurrence:
British Columbia

Status history:
Designated Threatened in November 2003. Assessment based on a new status report.