Trawler bycatch of birdlife

To: "L&L Knight" <>, "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Trawler bycatch of birdlife
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2008 13:43:14 +1000
Do you have any links to any articles?  I guess I imagined that all the
plastic out there is supermarket bags, and that it's too big to be
dangerous to a bird, but I suppose that isn't true.

Peter Shute

 wrote on Friday, 8 August 2008 1:15

> Mostly death by ingestion.  From memory, chicks are affected as well.
> There's been a fair bit in the northern hemisphere press on the
> subject over the last few months.
> Regards, Laurie
> On 08/08/2008, at 12:50 PM, Peter Shute wrote:
>> I didn't know that plastic was killing significant numbers of
>> seabirds. Are you referring to deaths by entanglement, or do they
>> swallow bits of it as well?  Any idea which species it is mainly
>> affecting?
>> Peter Shute
>>  wrote on Thursday, 7 August 2008
>> 7:32 PM:
>>> 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

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