Around the world, fishermen set extremely long fishing lines, which drift through the ocean. Attached are thousands of hooks baited with fish. Albatrosses often try to feed from these hooks and unwittingly become trapped and drowned. The problem is so bad that most albatrosses are now threatened with extinction.
The BBC Wildlife Fund support was used to help teach fishermen in the South Atlantic how to avoid catching seabirds in their fishing gear. Two task force instructors were employed for 18 months to work with fishing fleets off the coast of Brazil and South Africa, hotspots for albatross deaths.