Nature Notes

September 30, 2008

Save the Albatross

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

Most of the species of Albatross are headed for extinction!!!

Black-footed Albatross

Black-footed Albatross


It can’t be put plainer than that. This family has always been in a precarious position because they tend to breed on small isolated islands which are vulnerable to introduced predators. However, the threat that is bringing them to annihilation is long line fishing. Long lining is the practice of setting out a single line, sometimes over 100km. long, with thousands of baited hooks. These baited hooks attract thousands of albatross and other seabirds who are caught and dragged till they drown.┬áMore than 300,000 seabirds are being killed each year, and over twenty species are facing extinction including most albatross species. These species reproduce in small numbers and the kill rate by long line fishing vastly outnumbers new births.

Save the Albatross

The Save the Albatross Campagn, supported by organizations such as Birdlife International and the RSPB, are publicizing the problem and promoting solutions. These solutions include changing the fishing methods so that they are not attracting seabirds, legislation, and policing pirate fishing operations.

Tomorrow: Some good news from Argentina

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