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Fishing gear hurting birds at Sunshine Skyway Pier

Fishing gear hurting birds at Sunshine Skyway Pier
Posted March 15th, 2014 @ 11:05am

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Gulf Coast bird rescuers are warning about a type of fishing gear they say is killing and maiming seabirds, particularly at a fishing pier at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Fishing gear called a sabiki rig is causing injury and death to sea birds, such as pelicans, cormorants, herons, terns and egrets.

The Bradenton Herald ( reports that the rig is meant to catch bait fish, but it has multiple hooks and such a lightweight line that if a bird swoops down to eat bait fish and flies away, the line breaks and the hooks become caught in its flesh.

Bird rescuers recommend that if someone accidentally hooks a bird, they try to reel the animal in, safely remove any hooks or line and release the animal.

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