According to recent figures, the puffin population in Iceland has dropped from seven million to just 5.4 million in the space of a decade. Finally, global warming adversely affects puffins, who are adapted to living in waters about 0-20°C (32-68°F) and catching fish … European puffin populations were listed as endangered on the International Union for … The U.S. In 2015, puffins were listed at ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conversation of Nature, meaning they are at high risk of extinction in the wild. Oil not only destroys puffins waterproofing, it also makes them sick when they clean it off their feathers. We talked to Dr Mark Eaton, one of the RSPB's Principal Conservation Scientists. Atlantic puffin populations drastically declined due to habitat destruction and exploitation during the 19th century and early 20th century. Puffins’ plummeting population prompted the Fish and Wildlife Service to consider the bird for Endangered Species Act protection. The Atlantic Puffin was listed as “Critically Endangered” on the Icelandic Red List of Birds in 2018, which is the latest inventory of threatened bird species in Iceland. The bird has protected status in Oregon, Washington and California. We have a duty to protect this popular bird, and the Government should be doing all it can to end puffin hunting. If so, puffins of the southern variety may warrant federal protection. Iceland is the world's puffin capital for sure! Iceland is home to more than 60% of the Earth's entire Atlantic puffin population, with anywhere from 8–10 million puffins inhabiting the island. There is an estimated population of around 12 million Atlantic puffins around the world with Britain holding a good proportion … Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. A federal judge rules against The Army Corps of Engineers and the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to enact endangered species protection for Willamette River Salmon. I don’t believe in trophy hunting at all for any species. These past few years, the population of Atlantic puffins has continued decreasing, reaching dramatic cotes (more than 30% of them have disappeared). Japan listed the bird as endangered in 1993. At meetings April 9 and 10, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, a citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, voted to place tufted puffins on the state’s endangered species list as colony numbers continue to mysteriously drop along the Washington coast. The Fish and Wildlife Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Puffins and turtle doves are now as endangered as the African Elephant and have been added to a list of animals most at risk of extinction. Support The Reykjavík Grapevine! It is very vulnerable to adverse changes in the environment because its breeding population is concentrated on a small number of sites. Meanwhile, the Shetland island of Fair Isle has seen its puffin population halved from 20,000 to just 10,000 in the last 30 years. According to the recent discoveries published in the Marine Biology journal, the cause might be represented by the conditions in the North Sea. Zac Goldsmith, an animal rights campaigner and Tory MP added: Puffins might not have the profile of elephants or rhinos, but they beautiful birds, which need our protection. A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs said: Puffins are one of the nation’s most iconic seabirds and, as with all wildlife, their protection is a high priority for this Government. “We can’t just let them disappear.”. They continue to be hunted in Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved limited Endangered Species Act protections to the Pacific fisher, but not in Oregon, where it says voluntary measures by the timber industry will prevent extinction. After years of researching the plight of freshwater mussels, conservationists want to have federal protections invoked. However, North Atlantic puffins, with an estimated population of six million, are neither extinct nor endangered. No, Atlantic Puffins are not endangered. If you have a story you want to tell send it to UNILAD via [email protected], @media (max-width:767px){.css-4n1las{display:none;}}Most Read Stories@media (min-width:768px){.css-1s8mc50{display:none;}}Most Read. Puffins were almost hunted to extinction during the late 19th century. The overhunting of puffins was documented as far back as 2013, which the government responded to by shortening the hunting season for the birds. 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