- Mar 30, 2005NewScientist.com
* 02 April 2005 issue
* Tam Dalyell
* Magazine issue 2493
Fishing is killing the sailor's friend, while polygraphs allow a different sort of angling, says Tam Dalyell
HARM the albatross and dreadful things can happen, as Samuel Taylor Coleridge warned. The albatross has long been under
threat from pirate, long-line fishing. Much has been said of the need to protect the 21 remaining species of the bird, but
environment minister Elliot Morley admits that there are no immediate solutions to the problem.
However, he says a milestone was reached when the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) was
ratified in March 2004. It involves the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands and the British
Antarctic Territories. Morley also now leads an international ministerial task force of the Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development to investigate threats from pirate fishing.
But Euan Dunn, head of marine policy at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), says ratification of ACAP has
not yet been extended to Tristan da Cunha, the only known ...
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