Gillnets fatal for seabirds
The new study reports that more birds are killed in gillnets than in longline fisheries
A study published today reveals that 400,000 birds are killed each year in gillnet fisheries, exceeding the estimated toll of bird deaths documented in longline fisheries.
The EU Plan of Action, launched last November to minimise the bycatch of seabirds in fishing gears, highlighted gillnets as a priority for action. However, this plan is essentially voluntary, so BirdLife is calling for binding measures to be delivered under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to improve data collection and provide funding for research into how best to prevent seabirds being killed in gillnets.
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