I read this on the recent thread on surfbirds forum [http://www.surfbirds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8870] and felt it needed more airing.
'The Spanish longline fleet on the Gran Sol grounds off SW Ireland is one such fleet, with preliminary data suggesting it may be responsible for killing large numbers of seabirds, potentially upwards of 50,000 annually, mostly shearwaters and fulmars.'
As this thread indicates, these fleets of fishing boats are having a huge impact on seabird numbers with an estimated 300,000 killed each year from long-line fishing - driving some species towards extinction.
Within the EU, why are such methods allowed? We complain bitterly about shooting in Malta, but this (to me) is equally horrific; what can we do?