Australian Engineer refuses to install equipment to Save Albatrosses from Longlines.
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This is the 2nd year in a row Albatrosses will continue to die in Long Lines when many could have been saved. Phillip Ashworth, Amerro Engineering (Mooloolooba, Au.), refuses, AGAIN, to install the Underwater Baitsetter on a Tuna boat out of Nelson Harbor, NZ the last week in February. The logistics for these launches are complex requiring months of work. He repeatedly sights family issues weeks before the scheduled launch. Expressing no regret, Phillip simply "bails out". The work to get to this stage spans (10) years of R&D and millions of dollars provided by Grants and donors. Dr. Graham Robertson, (a name synonymous with the Albatross and our Team Leader) advised Phillip last year this could not happen again ~ he gave his word it would not. We have endured several trial runs off So. America in international waters and finally have the baitsetter needed. This would have been Phase (2) of (3) ~ the most important stage to Commercialization and the hope of turning this species around from EXTINCTION. Phillip designed the Baitsetter and is the only one who can Install it. The time it takes ~ 7-10 days ~ and his availability to answer questions should problems arise. Last year we were sick about this at The Foundation for Antarctic Research ~ every day we were losing more of these beautiful birds ~ (17) or (22) species are globally threatened. We encourage everyone to SIGN the PETITION ~ with global outcry perhaps Phillip Ashworth will do the right thing. INSTALL THE BAITSETTER! LET'S SAVE THE ALBATROSS!
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