27 Sep '11, 4am

Birds Caught in Fishing Lines Dying by the Thousands

Birds Caught in Fishing Lines Dying by the Thousands

At the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity this week, researchers from the UK's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds presented the results of a study which found that fishing fleets are clearly not doing enough to minimize the deaths of seabirds. According to a report from The Guardian , fishing nets and baited lines, many of which trawl over dozens of miles of ocean, have quietly been killing hundreds of thousands of birds. Some species, such as several endangered albatross, are thought to have been driven to near extinction due to these irresponsible fishing techniques -- though some fisheries are worse than others. Their estimates of bird deaths range from about 160,000-320,000, with the Spanish longline fleet fishing the Gran Sol grounds off south-west Ireland potentially killing more than 50,000 birds a year (mostly shearwaters and fulmars), and the Japanese ...

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