Fishing Discard Ban Could Damage Sea Bird Success, Scientists Warn

New research led by Dr Keith Hamer will assess the extent to which gannets rely on unwanted fish and offal thrown from fishing boats to successfully breed and raise their chicks.

“The North Sea has undergone massive environmental changes over the last twenty years, which has put pressure on nearly all sea bird species,” said Dr Hamer, from Leeds’ Faculty of Biological Sciences. “Only gannets have consistently bred successfully, partly because they can travel as far as South West Norway to feed, but also because they are able to target food thrown overboard by fishing boats.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100322101521.htm

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