Fishing Nets Near Shoreline Pose Danger to Migratory Birds
A large number of migrant birds arriving to spend the winter in the wetlands near Shenzhen Bay are being placed in danger. Cages that are placed near shorelines meant to catch fish and crabs by fishermen are trapping the birds.
The birds are attracted by the fish and crabs and become entangled in the net. The birds then drown when the tide comes in. Members from the city’s bird watchers associations said the small fishing boats that frequently catch fish in the area are ruining the habitat and at the same time taking away the source of the migrant birds food.
Because of the increasing number of migrant birds in the area, residents are clamoring for proper environmental protection, but fishing still continues even with constant media exposure. Guards that patrol the area say the fishermen usually work in shallow water to avoid being caught and sometimes places their nets during the night.
Another guard said that there were fences placed near the shoreline before to prevent anyone from entering, but they were recently removed to allow residents access to the sea.