Nature Notes

October 1, 2008

Some good news from Argentina about the Albatross

Filed under: Argentina,Conservation — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

Laysan Albatross

Laysan Albatross

Yesterday I posted about the dire state of the Albatross family who are facing extinction due to long line fishing practice.

Some recent news from Argentina is excellent. The Argentinean Federal Fisheries Council has started to require measures to reduce seabird mortality from long lining. These include:

  • Weights on the lines to keep them down in the water
  • Setting lines at night
  • Bird scaring devices (see above courtesy of Save the Albatross)
  • Releasing of captured birds

These items are fairly straight forward and should not cause economic burden to the fishing business but they go a long way towards solving the problem.

This, of course, is not effective against those who ignore the law, and that is another part of the solution. Policing of regulations.

See Birdlife Internationals article on the Argentina measures.

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