Seabirds – murres (guillemots)
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Seabirds1Murres are among the most abundant seabirds in the Northern Hemisphere with a population in excess of ten million adults. No obvious global trend has been identified but the majority of regional populations have shown declines over the past three decades. While they are currently abundant, climate change is projected to pose problems to murres in the future, especially for the more northern species, the thick-billed murre, which is strongly associated with sea ice. Other threats include fisheries interactions, over-exploitation, contaminants, and oil spills, the latter becoming more important if climate change expands shipping and hydrocarbon development in the Arctic.