TASK FORCE MARKS 10 YEARS OF SUC­CESS

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

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.

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