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Sea Birds in West Iceland in Trouble

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Sea Birds in West Iceland in Trouble

Puffin in Iceland

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The situation for sea birds in West Iceland is extremely poor after a continuous short supply of food over the past decade.

Jón Einar Jónsson, animal ecologist and head of the University of Iceland’s Research Institute on Snæfellsnes, said in an interview with Skessuhorn that after a decade of little food and failed nesting there are no, or very few, young birds among the species which live on sandeel.

No Arctic tern chicks have survived the summer in the last six years, skessuhorn.is reports.

Among the other species affected are the kittiwake, guillemot and puffin. Biologists predict that some species of sea birds will disappear from the area completely within a few decades if the situation does not improve.

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