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Monday, 19 May 2014

The harsh reality of marine pollution

Brent Goose, entangled in nylon monofilament netting, Black Rock, 16th May 2014 (David O'Connor).

Although still able to fly, this unfortunate Brent Goose has been left behind by the other Brent flocks in the area, presumably unable to feed and fly sufficiently well to take on an arduous migration. Attempts have been made to catch it to remove the nylon fishing line which has been caught around its neck, but as yet, it is flying too strongly to allow capture. 

Anyone walking the many beautiful beaches in Co. Kerry will have noticed that much of the rubbish and debris washed up on our shores derives from the fishing industry, in particular, netting, rope, fish boxes, plastic floats and long line lures, all of which can cause potential problems with wildlife. This is one of the few instances where the effect on the victim is so highly visible.