Story: Fishing industry

Dead seabirds

Dead seabirds

These petrels were caught on the hooks of longliners – commercial fishing vessels trailing spools of fishing line which stretch for kilometres. Attracted to fishing vessels as a source of food, the birds had dived under the water and become caught up on the baited hooks of the longlines. By-catch, the term for species killed accidentally, is one of the most serious issues facing the fishing industry. Attempts are being made to develop devices that scare away seabirds or reduce their chances of being caught.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1993/2638/23

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Carl Walrond, 'Fishing industry - The fishery in the 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6301/dead-seabirds (accessed 15 November 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006