Trawler bycatch of birdlife

To: Baus <>
Subject: Trawler bycatch of birdlife
From: Chris Brandis <>
Date: Thu, 07 Aug 2008 19:31:40 +1000
That is only a drop in the ocean, pardon the pun, with the Sydney Sunday Magazine estimating that plastic kills more than a million seabirds, 100,000 whales seals and turtles etc plus an article that the bush meat trade in Africa is pushing most African primates to extinction, so humans are a non caring destructive lot.
Cheers  Chris

Graham Turner wrote:

'Net losses' for South African seabirds

A study of trawl fishing in South Africa suggests that around 18,000 seabirds may be killed annually in this fishery, highlighting trawl fisheries as a major threat to seabirds, especially several species of albatross already facing a risk of extinction.

Published in the journal Animal Conservation, the study was based on scientists monitoring catches on 14 different vessels, operating in the Benguela Current, off South Africa; one of the main hotspots for seabirds in the Southern Hemisphere. The vessels were trawling for hake, and the majority of bird deaths were a result of collisions with wires - known as warp lines - leading from the stern of the vessels.

"We believe the seabird deaths the scientists recorded might be just the tip of the iceberg", said John Croxall, Chair of BirdLife's Global Seabird Programme. "It suggests that around 18,000 seabirds may be killed annually in this fishery alone," he added.


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