Photo by @thomaspeschak // Fishing vessels offer a bonanza of food for seabirds, but they proved fatal to these albatrosses and petrels caught and drowned in 2017 on tuna longlines off South Africa’s coast. Today however, thanks to more seabird friendly fishing practices (weighted hooks, night setting, tori lines) bird bycatch off South Africa has declined dramatically and now numbers only in the hundreds (instead of tens of thousands). With continued improvements to fishing protocols that number will hopefully drop closer to zero in the near future. Globally, however, more than 300,000 seabirds are still killed by commercial longline fisheries every year. So if you cannot live without regular seafood dinners, please make sure that the fish on your plate was harvested as sustainable as possible. To enrich yourself with knowledge that will help protect seabirds and other ocean wildlife please search the App store on your phone for: // Sustainable Seafood Guide // and download the App most appropriate for where you live // Shot on assignment for @NatGeo working with @pryan_seabirds @ottowhitehead and @africanornithology
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