Netherland Journal of Aquatic Ecology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 59–73

Influences of human activities on seabird populations in the North Sea

  • Mark L. Tasker
  • Peter H. Becker

DOI: 10.1007/BF02298028

Cite this article as:
Tasker, M.L. & Becker, P.H. Netherlands Journal of Aquatic Ecology (1992) 26: 59. doi:10.1007/BF02298028


This paper describes the North Sea's seabird resource, which is of great international importance. It reviews the significance of human activities on seabirds; these are persecution, fishing, eutrophication, chemical pollution, introduction of alien predators, rising sea level, and oil pollution. The paper speculates on future trends. Some suggestions to reduce human pressures, to use seabirds as monitors of the marine environment and to conserve their populations more effectively are made.


human activitiesimpact on seabirdsfuture trendsmonitorsconservation

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© Netherlands Hydrobiological Society 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark L. Tasker
    • 1
  • Peter H. Becker
    • 2
  1. 1.Joint Nature Conservation CommitteeAberdeenScotland
  2. 2.Institut für VogelforschungWilhelmshaven 15Federal Republic of Germany