Save the Albatross and other Seabirds from Longlines fishing hooks

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The "Global Seabirds Bycatch in Longline Fisheries" estimates that longline fisheries kill 150,000 to 300,000 seabirds each year!

Help Friend of the Sea to lead all those involved in longlines fisheries and sales of the derived seafood to implement simple mitigation measures which can reduce dramatically the number of birds getting killed. The signed petition will be used by Friend of the Sea to motivate key players to act in this direction. We will report on results achieved.

Of the 22 species of Albatrosses recognised by the IUCN, all are listed as at some level of concern; 3 species are critically endangered, 5 species are endangered, 7 species are near threatened, and 7 species are vulnerable. Several Terns and Petrels are also endangered.

The main reason for the decrease in populations is currently longline bycatches. While the practical solutions exist, seabird bycatch in many fisheries remains at unsustainably high levels.

Friend of the Sea, a major certification for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture already requests its certified fisheries to prevent albatross bycatch. With your support, we can motivate MORE fisheries and key players in the seafood processing industry, retail and politicians to join and engage to protect albatross and seabirds from longliners. 

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