Seabirds killed by longline fishing

Study has shown that up to 300,000 seabirds, such as albatrosses, are killed every year by longline fisheries.

Commercial longlines can be hundreds of kilometres long, with more than 1,000 bait hooks along the line. Albatrosses often dive for bait on the line and become ensnared on the hooks.

Scientists said simple solution such as using bird scarers where the lines enter the water can be used to reduce the mortality.

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Posted by Victoria Gill