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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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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. More 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.

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