Albatross Crisis – Extinction beckons
The world's albatross species are under very real and present threat of rapid extinction, if the method of human fishing activity in the Southern oceans does not change – now.
This is yet another example in which modern man's activities clash with Nature, in a disastrous manner.
The practice of longlining is luring vast and unsustainable numbers of birds to their deaths. Current methods are killing 100,000 albatrosses each year and their breeding rate cannot keep up with this attrition.
The RSPB and BirdLife International have joined forces to research alternative methodologies and to educate the fishermen involved.
http://www.savethealbatross.net/ is the first port of call, for those who want to know more or who wish to contribute funds to this urgent rescue operation.
See also: Fishing and Angling