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Turtles And Birdlife At Risk From Long-line Fishing
 February 4, 2007 @ 01:29 PM (EST)
Source: Theroyalgazette.com
Wildlife campaigners are calling for measures to protect sea turtles, cahows and other creatures potentially at risk from long-line fishing vessels. The Ministry of Environment is currently considering bringing the commercial practice - which involves hanging hundreds of baited hooks from a huge line - to Bermuda. The American-based long-line fishing vessel Eagle Eye II is to spend the next two months in the Island's waterways as the Government assesses the economic viability of the practice. Fishermen have backed the move and claim it will boost the fishing industry. They say long-line fishing should have been brought to the Island years ago. However, environmentalists across the world campaign against it, stating that many animals fall victim to "by-catching" when they accidentally get caught on the line's hooks. In water surrounding Bermuda, it is feared sea turtles, cahows and even dolphins could be in danger of by-catching even if long-line fishing targets mainly tuna and swordfish. Environmentalists are calling for the Government to ensure methods to protect such species are in place if the practice is introduced...



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