Simple change to fishing gear saves thousands of birds in Namibia

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Birds that became tangled in baited lines appear to be scared off by coloured pipes

A cheap and simple change to the equipment used by Namibian fishing boats is saving tens of thousands of vulnerable seabirds annually, researchers have estimated.

Some industrial fleets often use long lines fitted with thousands of baited hooks, which attract seabirds. In attempting to snatch away the bait, the birds can become tangled in the lines and die.

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