Reducing Seabird Bycatch With Water

Written by on May 14, 2013 in Technology

In case you missed it last month, check out this cool new device that fishermen are using to reduce seabird bycatch.

The seabird mitigation device sprays water over the areas where birds face the greatest risk of getting caught in wires and fishing lines. Because the birds avoid the jet of water, they are less likely to be caught in the wires.

Watch the following video clip to see the sprayer in action:

Seabirds following a fishing boat home.

Seabirds following a fishing boat home. Photo credit: Lisa M Lane via photopin cc.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and is getting her Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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