Case study: Saving seabirds from longline fishing bycatch

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In the late 1980s, it became clear that longline fishing was killing thousands of threatened seabirds each year in Australian waters. An albatross would fly thousands of kilometres over the ocean only to have their life cut short – snagged on a fishing hook and drowned.

This case study, part of our Threats to Nature case studies in success series, explains how a combination of federal leadership, industry engagement, conservation advocacy, and the implementation of safer fishing methods have achieved a major reduction in the numbers of seabirds killed as bycatch.

This is a standout exemplar of how Australia’s national threat abatement system can work.


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