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27 August 2013 - Mandatory measures needed to stop albatross and shark deaths      

Mandatory measures needed to stop albatross and shark deaths

27 August 2013          

This week, the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) will meet in Canberra to discuss the impacts fishing for Southern Bluefin Tuna will have on sharks, seabirds, turtles, and other so called ‘ecologically related species’. Humane Society International (HSI) will be attending this meeting together with a number of Governments involved in the fishing of Southern Bluefin Tuna.

Each year tens of thousands of seabirds, sharks, and other animals are unnecessarily killed in longline tuna fishing operations because simple mitigation measures have not been implemented on fishing vessels. This includes a number of threatened albatross species, many of which cannot stand the loss of even small numbers of individuals,” HSI’s Alexia Wellbelove said.

“This CCSBT meeting provides countries with the opportunity to commit to further reduction in bycatch in their tuna fisheries, through the implementation of mandatory measures to reduce bycatch. HSI hopes that in the coming days countries will commit to improving their understanding of the impacts of fishing activities on seabirds and sharks, so that every possible measure can be put in place to reduce this bycatch. These efforts are vital if we want to see the recovery of our threatened albatross and shark species,” continued Ms Wellbelove.

HSI is available for comment throughout the meeting, which will take place from 28th – 31st August 2013.

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