No end in sight for Iceland’s seabird crisis

Iceland’s seabirds are in rapid decline and a leading zoologist claims there is no end to the crisis in sight.

The numbers of seabirds around Iceland during summer time has been declining and in the last 10-15 years the number of Brünnich’s guillemot has declined by 44 percent and there are 30 percent fewer guillemots and fulmars.

Professor Arnthor Gardarsson is among the scientists who have been researching the reason for the seabirds’ demise around Iceland. He says the reasons are varied.

According to Gardarsson, the main reason appears to be changes in ocean currents around the country which have led to a crash in the number of sand eels, upon which baby seabirds rely. There are also probably many other, less obvious, reasons, he added.