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LED Lights Reduce Bird Deaths from Fishing by 85 Percent

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Researchers report that illuminating fishing nets with LED lights could reduce the number of seabirds that die from getting caught in nets by more than 85 percent. Fishing net with LED lights. Courtesy of ProDelphinus. Researchers from the University of Exeter compared 114 pairs of gillnets, which are anchored in fixed positions at sea and designed to snare fish by the gills, in fishing waters off the coast of Peru. One net from each pair was illuminated with LEDs placed every 10 m along the gillnet floatline. The other net was the control and was not illuminated. The control...Read full article

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