TASK FORCE MARKS 10 YEARS OF SUCCESS
The Albatross Task Force (ATF), a team of experts led by the RSPB and Birdlife International, has celebrated 10 years of conservation success. Every year, an estimated 100,000 albatrosses are killed on longline fishing hooks and trawl cables, which has led to 15 of the 22 albatross species threatened with extinction. The ATF is working with fishermen to introduce simple and inexpensive measures to prevent birds being killed in this way. Measures such as bird scaring lines and weighted hooks have led to massive reductions in albatross bycatch, with the South African Hake trawl fishery reporting a 99% reduction in albatross deaths.