Seabird population down 70 per cent around the world: UBC researchers

This.... cannot be good news. I'll admit to being surprised on the magnitude - anybody know if there are any, more localized, studies that back this up?

Paleczny and co-authors of the study, published in PLOS ONE, a journal published by the Public Library of Science, compiled information on more than 500 seabird populations from around the world, representing 19 per cent of the global seabird population.

They found overall populations had declined by 69.6 per cent, equivalent to a loss of about 230 million birds in 60 years, according to a UBC news release.