Seabirds off the hook

One of the worst by-products of commercial fishing is the killing of countless seabirds, including albatrosses, every year. British engineers have now come up with a device that could save up to 100 000 albatrosses, as well as petrels, shearwaters and other seabirds, every year. The device is designed to stop birds being caught on long-line fishing lines. It’s called a Hookpod, which is a weighted polycarbonate ‘pod’ that encases the hook until a pressure-sensitive sensor within it detects that the hook is under water. It then slides off the barbed hook. Read the rest here 10:41

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