13 July 2009

Abandoned fishing lines in the news

The Straits Times featured the issue last week, highlighting the role of the Bird Ecology Study Group in raising the problem.
As well as the efforts by Tan Tien Yun, who is setting up a group to tackle environmental issues involving fishing.

This year, at least two herons, a mynah and a hornbill have fallen victim to abandoned lines. The BESG is publicising these incidents on its blog, which was set up four years ago and is approaching a million hits with about 400 visitors a day.

'The birds get caught in fishing lines left in the water or blown into the trees and they cannot escape, so they cannot feed themselves and they die,' said the group's founder, Mr Wee Yeow Chin, 72.

'We just post the details to make people aware of the issue and hope to persuade fishermen to be more careful about what they are doing,' added Mr Wee, former head of the Nature Society Singapore.

Tan Tien Yun said that rod-and-line fishermen should not just drop degraded line on the ground after cutting it. 'You should cut it up into small pieces, then put them in a Ziploc bag before throwing it in the rubbish bin,' the software developer said.

Full article on the wildsingapore news blog
Saving birds from careless anglers Straits Times 11 Jul 09;

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