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Fishing and harm to dolphins and birds
14 years ago
You can learn about the deaths and injuries to dolphins and birds through harmful fishing practices. Most importantly, you can learn about how your seafood choices can help our endangered oceans. Did you know that thousands of seabirds each year are caught on fishing lines? Did you know that the Bush administration and fishing interests have been trying to undermine "Dolphin-Safe Tuna" labeling? Become empowered to help wildlife by becoming an informed consumer! Thanks!
Fishing & sea bird deaths article
14 years ago
Sea Birds on the Hook By Gwen, 2004-11-17 11:03:28 Section: News, Topic: Dirty Fishing You may know a lot about long lining, bycatch and sea turtles. You also followed Charlotte on her Mediterranean Sea adventure as a fisher-woman []. But do you know about bycatch of sea birds? A recent study based on satellite tracking, released on Wednesday Nov. 10, shows "hot spots" where longline fishing trawlers and albatrosses cross paths. And the news is not good for the birds -- they are lured by the baited hooks and then drown. How do you solve such a problem? As it happens, there may be a fairly low-tech solution: Conservationists say that fairly simple measures can be used by longliners to reduce seabird mortality. [Richard Thomas from Birdlife] said Brazilian fishermen use a colorful but effective technique that involves dyeing their bait two shades of blue. Birds tend not to see blue but fish do. The first dye keeps the birds away but is water soluble and bleaches after the bait sinks. This leaves the fat-soluble blue dye which makes the bait more attractive to the fish, so both fishermen and birds win. If you want to read the full article you can find it here []. Other links: Birdlife International [] The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds []
Take action online!
14 years ago
Have you heard about how Congress is trying to remove long-standing protections that keep dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals from getting accidentally caught by commercial fishermen? It's true -- protections that have been in place for more than 30 years are in danger of being stripped away. If that happens, thousands more of these marine mammals will be killed or injured every year. One dolphin decided to do something about it, though -- and now his story is a blockbuster online movie: Check it out -- it'll make you laugh, and you can learn more about this issue and what you can do to tell Congress that America won't let them flip-flop on protecting Flipper! ========== Learn more about this campaign from Oceana: ========== Learn more about the issues at my group:
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