Tell Minister Ruston that longline weighting is crucial to protect albatross and petrels

Marine Conservation

Magnificent albatross and petrels are the most imperilled group of birds on earth. Frequently caught as bycatch in longline fishing operations, 21 of the 31 species covered by the Advisory Committee to the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatross and Petrels are at risk of extinction. Four species are critically endangered, five endangered, 12 vulnerable, and eight near threatened.

Australia has a huge responsibility to protect albatross and petrels, as all 20 species of albatross found in our country are listed as threatened under Australian law and traditionally we have fought strongly for cooperation from the international community for their protection.

At an upcoming meeting in Yogyakarta in Indonesia there is an opportunity to get the international longline fleets for southern bluefin tuna to take action to prevent their albatross bycatch. An Australian delegation is attending and there is one crucial element our delegation must fight for at the meeting.

Longline weighting for tuna fishing vessels is vital for protecting seabirds against fishing mortality. Weighting so that the lines sink faster out of reach of birds is believed by experts to be the most effective way to mitigate seabird bycatch for longline fishing operations.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Australia’s Assistant Fisheries Minister, Senator Anne Ruston, who is responsible for Australia’s delegation to the southern bluefin tuna meeting, that heavy line weighting is vital for the conservation of albatross and petrels and that Australia should be firm in advocating for its application in global tuna fishing operations.

This action has now closed. Please click here to see what other actions you can take for animals. 

Please share with your friends!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Marine Conservation
Australia must remain strong in opposing commercial whaling

Whales are under immense threat, and none more shocking than that from whaling vessels that continue to hunt them for commercial profit. Please sign our letter to Australia’s Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, thanking him for taking a strong stance against commercial whaling thus far and asking him to elevate …

Marine Conservation
Help get the Australian sea lion an Endangered listing

Australian sea lions are the most endangered sea lion species in the world. These charismatic creatures are found only in our country, so it’s up to us to do everything possible to protect them. That’s why Humane Society International nominated the Australian sea lion for an upgraded listing under our …

Marine Conservation
Tell the Queensland Government to stop killing sharks in the Great Barrier Reef

Sadly the Great Barrier Reef is not a safe place for sharks. The Queensland Government’s shark control program kills 26 species of sharks in the Great Barrier Reef on lethal drumlines. Any that survive hooking on the drumlines are shot. Since the 1960s, tens of thousands of sharks have been …