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The Short-tailed Albatross used to be found in the northwestern Pacific in vast numbers before the Meiji era (late 1870's to 1910s). However, they have drastically declined due to excessive culling for feathers. After the World War II they were reported to have disappeared even from the Torishima in Izu Islands, the last island where they remained before the war. A few years later, a small number of Short-tailed Albatross were rediscovered, and since then various conservation activities lead to the recovery of the Short-tailed Albatross population to the current level of approximately 2,000.
This page introduces the "Operation Decoy" by the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology and explains what kind of bird the Short-tailed albatross is, their history, and about the translocation to Ogasawara Island chain, one of the former breeding areas of the Short-tailed Albatross before the Meiji era, which is expected to further ensure the revival of albatross.
Table of Contents
- Short-tailed Albatross - What kind of bird is it?
- History of Torishima Island and Short-tailed Albatross
- Torishima Island "Operation Decoy" – Albatross Conservation Activities -
- Studying the Short-tailed Albatross (satellite tracking, monitoring cameras, studies of floating litter)
- Future Activities (Reintroduction to Ogasawara Islands)
- Torishima Island Walker (Introduction to Torishima Island)
- Further Readings on albatross and Torishima Island