Indicator: Seabird communities and assemblages at sea

Black-legged kittiwake taking off from an ice floe. Photo: Geir Wing Gabrielsen, Norwegian Polar Institute

Seabird communities and assemblages at sea
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Rationale: The purpose of the indicator is to identify changes in the seabird community in the Barents Sea. Distribution and abundance of seabirds at sea is sensitive to changes in the ecosystem in open waters. The indicator reflects both changes in population size and changes in habitat use.


Theme: Biotic

Component: Seabirds

Type of indicator: E, state of the ecosystem

Priority of indicator: e, essential


• Spatial-seasonal distribution of seabird communities (NINA, IMR)

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Density distribution for nine seabird species in the Barents Sea. Source