Repeated strong storms this winter have resulted in the finding of thousands of seabirds along the coast, as reported by the media. These storms have raised some questions: is it an uncommon occurrence? What impact will it have on the overall population of the affected species? If hundreds of them are dying because of the storms, why is there no coordinated response as is the case with oil spills? Why should we worry about bycatch, considering more seabirds might die in stochastic events like storms?