[ASC-media] Warning on stopping offal dumping > CSU News

Ward, Wesley WWard at csu.edu.au
Wed Mar 3 10:40:55 EST 2004

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Warning on stopping offal dumping

A solution to stop fishing boats from dumping offal in the southern
ocean may not be easily found, putting endangered birds at risk of being
caught on longline fishing hooks. In a recent article in Nature
magazine, Charles Sturt University (CSU) and leading seabird ecologist
Professor Nick Klomp said stopping the practice may significantly
increase pressure on smaller seabirds, with large scavenger birds
turning to the eggs and chicks of smaller petrels or terns for food.
"The solution might be to gradually wind back the practice over five
years, 'weaning' larger birds onto other food sources," Professor Klomp
said. Professor Klomp is Head of the School of Environmental and
Information Sciences and Director of CSU's Johnstone Centre in
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