Albatross island is a magical place. 18 hectares of conglomerate rock off the north western tip of Tasmania. It is home to 5200 breeding pairs of shy albatross, these birds are endemic to Tasmania. In the 1800’s they were harvested to near extinction, the population gradually recovered to half the estimated historical population size. In recent years the population has started to decline due to fisheries and climate impacts. Modelling suggests this will continue into the future. The Tasmanian Government has a long term monitoring program which has been in progress for over thirty years. The program is currently overseen by marine biologist Dr Rachael Aldermen, she has been visiting the island for a decade.