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Unhooked: Fishing fleets to help albatross

by Pat Coate | February 09, 2008
"Both of these measures are mandatory requirements for the vessels that are fishing in those areas."
- Kim Rivera, national seabird coordinator for NOAA

Anchorage, Alaska, USA - Albatross looking for a free meal on the high seas often pay the price of being killed or injured going after baited hooks ... Now, fishing fleets around the world have agreed to use measures to prevent hooking albatross and other seabirds whose numbers are declining.

The measures -- using streamer lines to drive birds away from boats' sterns as miles of baited hooks are being set as well as dying bait blue to conceal it in dark water -- will go into effect this year in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

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