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Plan to save Benguela birds, turtles and sharks

July 26, 2007
Posted in Green News

From jellyfish that have multiplied to such an extent that they interfere with fishing operations, to the deaths of large numbers of seabirds, turtles and sharks, it’s pretty clear that things are not going swimmingly off South Africa’s west coast.

About 34,000 seabirds, 4,200 turtles, and more than 7-million sharks and skates are killed in longline fishing operations in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) annually, according to the WWF.

The Benguela current flows northwards from the Southern Ocean along the Atlantic coast of Africa as far as Angola.

However, this week a plan to reduce the impacts of fishing on southern Africa’s marine ecosystems has been released by the WWF and the BCLME.

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