|Friday, April 15, 2005|
Seabird Populations Drop - More Birds Fall Victim to Longlines
Longlines are set across the Pacific by both legal and illegal fishing operations. Fishermen are now intensifying their pressure on the government of Ecuador to legalize longline fishing in the Galapagos National Park.
Every year Sea Shepherd Conservation Society intercepts and confiscates hundreds of miles of illegal longlines. Numerous dead turtles, birds and other non-targeted victims are found on these hooks.
Also of growing concern is the number of seabirds killed by trawlers. The US government estimates that between 8,000 and 29,000 seabirds were killed in 2003, primarily in collisions with cables towing the trawls.
Sea Shepherd's flagship Farley Mowat will be on the Tail of the Grand Banks on Sunday, April 17th, to deploy experimental net rippers to discourage bottom trawling in this area where cod and other species have been dramatically diminished.
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