Every year hundreds of thousands of seabirds die as bycatch in fishing gear.
A Wandering albatross, one of the birds most threatened by bycatch. © Derren Fox
Every year hundreds of thousands of seabirds die as bycatch in fishing gear. BirdLife is joining a call to reduce this number by enforcing mitigation measures through observer coverage. You can join the campaign by signing the petition here.
Unless you work in conservation, ‘bycatch’ is probably not a word you hear very often. In fact, it may be something you’ve never heard of before. And yet bycatch — when animals get unintentionally caught and killed in fishing gear — is one of the biggest threats to seabirds in the world.
Collectively, seabirds are one of the most threatened group of birds on the earth. Nearly one third of all species are Globally Threatened with extinction, and nearly half are experiencing population declines. Bycatch is a big part of these statistics.
Fortunately, there are some very effective measures that mitigate the problem of bycatch. Read all about this encouraging story here.