Research and analysis

The impact of lost and discarded fishing line and tackle on mute swans

The results of research into the effects of fishing line and tackle debris on mute swans.


The Impact of Lost and Discarded Fishing Line and Tackle on Mute Swans

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This report presents findings from a study to establish the extent and causes of the problem of tackle-related injuries to mute swans. The analyses are based on data collected during 1996 – 2000 by a number of swan rescue groups. Most data were collated by Peter Martin and Ellen Kershaw on behalf of the National Convention for the Welfare of Swans and Wildlife, while the RSPCA supplied other data from their extensive records. This project also examined fishing tackle retrieved from rescued birds and draws some conclusions about the causes of fishing tackle related incidents and the extent to which illegal lead continues to be used.

Published 1 January 2002