As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 4 February 2016

Hookpod: Mariners hail seabird-saving hi-tech hook

Conservationists hailed the success of the trials as 'absolutely brilliant'
Saturday 30 January 2016

Every year an estimated 300,000 seabirds – including 100,000 of one of the world’s largest flying birds, the albatross – are accidentally killed by the fishing industry.

But a British company, set up by conservationists to find a way to reduce this annual slaughter, believes it has finally found a solution after seven years of work.

Trials of the Hookpod, which will be reported in a scientific journal in the coming weeks, found that it was just as effective at catching fish as an ordinary hook, but almost guaranteed that no seabirds would be killed.

Conservationists hailed the success of the trials as “absolutely brilliant” and a Brazilian fishing boat captain, who was involved in the trials, has already decided to continue using Hookpods voluntarily.

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