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Surfbirds News: RSPB Archives
Dr Cleo Small said: "The populations of albatrosses are declining faster in the South Atlantic than any other ocean.
For example, the wandering albatross - possessing the largest wingspan of any bird - is rapidly declining on South Georgia, and links have been made between these declining populations and longline fishing within the ICCAT fishery.
This situation is needless, because the technology exists to prevent these deaths.
"We will be urging delegates to approve rules that make it mandatory for all vessels fishing for tuna and swordfish in the Atlantic to abide by simple measures which lower the risk of albatrosses and other seabirds dying in these fisheries."
Dr Small added: "The main problem is that albatrosses try to steal fish and squid bait from longline fishing hooks.
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