Save a third of fish for birds, scientists urge
Friday, December 23 2011 @ 08:05 AM EST
Contributed by: jkr
By Emily Chung, CBC News
Scientists say human fishing boats must leave a third of sardines, anchovies and other small fish in the ocean to save seabirds from declining.
A new study has found that one third of maximum fish populations is consistently the threshold around the world needed to keep populations of puffins, penguins, gannets, albatrosses and other seabirds stable.
The new findings published Thursday in Science could be "used as a guide to limit the amount of fish taken from the sea in order to maintain seabird populations in the long term," said Philippe Cury, a researcher at the French Research Institute for Development and the University of British Columbia fisheries centre who led the project.