"The banning of these huge nets in Russian waters is fantastic for an array of wildlife in the northwest Pacific and we support the closure of a fishery with such severe collateral damage to marine wildlife," said Cleo Small, Head of BirdLife's Marine Programme.
"These organizations have a legal and moral obligation to force the fisheries they govern to reduce this wildlife toll," said BirdLife's International Marine Policy Officer Dr. Cleo Small.
"But they are only as strong as the political will of the countries making them up," said Small.
RSPB marine conservationist Dr Cleo Small was there to remind those in attendance that longline fisheries pose a major threat to seabirds and that measures must be adopted by fisheries to prevent further loss and even extinction of some seabirds, especially albatrosses.
Dr Cleo Small, senior policy officer for the Global Seabird Programme and co-author of the review, notes: "Using simple bird-scaring lines and weighting of hooks as they enter the water could dramatically reduce the number of seabirds being killed."
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