Thousands of albatrosses die needlessly every year as the victims of longling fishing. They are attracted to the baited hooks, get caught and are dragged under the water and drown.
Fishermen are often unaware of the simple, cost effective techniques that when used rapidly reduce albatross deaths.
In 2005, along with a number of our BirdLife International partners, the Albatross Task Force was formed. These men and women are the world's first international team of skilled, at-sea instructors.
Since their formation, there have been a dramatic reduction in the numbers of albatross and other seabirds killed. This is a sure sign that Albatross Task Force members really are getting something practical done to help save albatrosses from extinction.
This blog follows the trials and tribulations of the Albatross Task Force as they work onshore and at sea, spreading the message about these life-saving techniques.
We sailed to the south, and the sea is very agitated and I'm worried because maybe we won't set today. A day without working means one more day at the sea, which makes the fishermen upset. But I carry on testing different techniques to help save albatrosses.
The fishing productivity was not so good, lots of seabirds around... many sea turtles and rays captured. We recovered a piece of the tori line that broke during the last setting. I think that we must improve and do some corrections at the cables used at the FV Camburi to avoid the entanglement... The angle in relation with the water line is less than 45º and the height of the cable is smaller because of this. The Skipper agreed to make a simple change.
Beaufort scale 5: I think that we won't set the longline. Everything depends on the weather.
However - yes, the skipper decided to set the longline and and so we use a pair of tori lines. The weather is pretty bad, but if we must test, let's test...
At the very beginning of the set, one of the tori line cables became entangled with the main line of longline and broke, losing 50 % of its length.
The good news that the tori line's cable easily broke, and, for my relief, it didn't cause any damage to the main longline.