How A Simple Change Reduces the Deaths of Accidental Albatross ad Seabird by 98%

Accidental Albatross and seabird deaths have reduced by 98 percent due to a simple change. An international task…
Accidental albatross and seabird

Accidental Albatross and seabird deaths have reduced by 98 percent due to a simple change. An international task force of conservationists proved that deterring seabirds can help to save thousands of them from death.

According to a study published about the Namibian fishery industry, there was a 98% decrease in the death of albatross and seabird after the country passed laws fishermen add colored streamers to the back of their boats. This deters accidental albatross and seabird from pilfering longline fishing nets.

The BirdLife International’s Albatross Task Force (ATF) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) worked together to save albatross from going into extinction due to bycatch.  Bycatch describes a situation where animals that are not targeted are caught.

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Albatrosses are birds that travel thousands of miles without stopping. Some even procreate and return to uninhabited islands to raise their babies. While some people believe condors and eagles are the biggest birds in the world. The albatross is the largest wingspan and largest bird.

It’s hard to envisage so many birds being killed in individual fisheries on an annual basis, not least for the fishers themselves who see lots of birds gathering behind their boats and perhaps might only bring up 1 or 2 in a haul.

A manager at the RSPB

The effect of this action has made 15 out of 22 albatrosses threatened with extinction. The solution to this is a bird scaring line. A colorful pole is mounted on the stern of a fishing trawler strings. When the birds approach the fishing vessel to grab a meal, the bird-scaring lines give them a signal.

It’s part of the brightness and then the motion of it, it’s been very effective around the world, other nations have reported success other than Namibia.

Namibian conservationist Titus Shaanika

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