Coordinator: Sam McKinlay
Institution: Paignton Zoo
|• Conservation education
Sea ducks are highly threatened by climate change, pollution, overfishing and unsustainable farming. These species can be used to teach visitors about the dangers of threats to sea duck species.
|• Research (husbandry)
Several species grouped together under the Seaduck EEP have husbandry issues such as water quality and rearing, that requires more research. Additionally, existing resources and knowledge will be combined to produce Best Practise Guidelines for the sea duck species.
• Model species
Several species under the Seaduck EEP are already being held in institutions despite having challenges. Species successfully kept can act as model species for other species grouped under the Seaduck EEP.
In March 2019, the Seaduck EEP had 246 animals in 43 institutions.
Eider (Somateria): 216 animals in 37 institutions
harlequin duck (Histrionicus histrionicus): 23 animals in 5 institutions
Scoter (Melanitta) currently not kept in EAZA
long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis): 7 animals in 1 institution
Steller's eider (Polysticta steller) currently not kept in EAZA