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St Ives Seabird Deaths

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7:01am 14th January 2012

Two hundred seabirds are caught in nets off St Ives.

The guillemots and razorbills were found dead at the weekend.

They were outside the area of a new fishing ban.

Ruth Williams from the Cornwall Wildlife Trusts says they are working with fishermen to try to find an answer:

"The birds are feeding off similar fish that the nets are being set for. So, they're just in the wrong place at the wrong time. They dive in, get tangle up in the nets which are set just under the water and simply drown.

"What we would like to see is a bit of tweaking. Potentially extending the area that the by-law covers and having discussions with some of the fisheries and fishermen involved to see if there are other methods that we can attach onto the by-law to stop this happening in such numbers again".

7:01am 14th January 2012

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