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Reducing Seabird Bycatch in International Waters

The presence of "free food" in the form of offal and bait attracts many seabirds to fishing operations. While feeding, birds sometimes come into contact with fishing gear and are accidentally killed. For example, most birds taken during hook-and-line operations are attracted to the baited hooks when the gear is being set. These birds become hooked at the surface and are then dragged underwater, where they drown.