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Disentangling the cause of seabird deaths in South Africa

Date posted: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Net entanglements - a major problem for seabirds in South African side trawl vessels

Cape Gannet © AGAMI/Marten van Dijl

Despite huge success in reducing the incidental catch of seabirds in fishing nets, there’s been reports that an old type of vessel used in South Africa is still posing serious threats to seabirds.

The Albatross Task Force (ATF) has been highly successful in achieving a remarkable reduction in the incidental catch of seabirds in the South African hake trawl fishing industry through the introduction of bird-scaring lines; a simple and affordable solution. These lines act as visual deterrents to prevent cable strikes.Despite these overwhelming achievements read more here

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