Fishhooks left on trees may harm birds

Fishhooks left on trees may harm birds

A kingfisher on a tree with lures and fishhooks hanging of it


August 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


A large number of fishhooks and lures are being left around Kokuba river in Naha city, making the rivers dangerous for local species.

More people go fishing during the summer break season, and the city’s conservation department is calling for proper management saying, “don’t leave fishhooks.”

In February, lures were found on a tree where kingfishers perch when they looking for food during high tide at the Kokuba river.

In late July, the city officers collected more than ten lures around the river.

An officer from the conservation department pointed out, “lures and fishhooks are left in rivers and the ocean all the time, and there are a number of wild animals that get damaged by them.

” He further stressed, “please manage your fishhook and lures responsibly.”


(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)


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