The formation of the World Seabird Union was one of the achievements of the 1st World Seabird Conference, held in Victoria, Canada, September 7-11, 2010. The WSU is a consortium (non-profit, non-governmental organization) of all 21 of the world’s main regional and international seabird research and conservation organizations, and established its non-profit status in 2012.
The 2nd World Seabird Conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa from October 26 – October 30, 2015. Just under 600 delegates from 52 countries attended the conference for series of oral presentations, symposia, workshops, two poster sessions and networking opportunities.
The goal of the WSU is to serve as a global network of seabird organizations to enhance seabird conservation and research. Seabirds.net is the global information portal for the World Seabird Union dedicated to the facilitation of communication and data sharing between seabird scientists around the world.
WSU Member Organizations
- African Seabird Group
- American Bird Conservancy
- Argentine Seabird Group
- Australasian Seabird Group
- BirdLife International, Global Seabird Programme
- Circumpolar Seabird Group (CBird)
- Dutch Seabird Group
- European Seabirds at Sea Group
- Indian Ocean Seabird Group
- Japan Seabird Group
- NW Atlantic Marine Bird Cooperative
- Ornithological Society of New Zealand
- Pacific Seabird Group
- Peruvian Association for the Conservation of Nature
- Royal Naval Birdwatching Society
- The Seabird Group
- The Waterbird Society
- Waterbird Conservation for the Americas