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Fisherman admits causing albatross deaths

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/10/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">A commercial fisherman has admitted causing the death of 38 albatross by failing to use a device to scare away birds from fishing hooks.</span> © Getty Images A commercial fisherman has admitted causing the death of 38 albatross by failing to use a device to scare away birds from fishing hooks. A West Coast commercial fisherman has admitted causing the death of 38 albatross.

Daniel Joseph Smyth, 37, now faces a possible fine of up to $100,000 and the forfeiture of the boat he was skippering after failing to use a tori line, a brightly coloured device which scares birds away from fishing hooks.

He entered a guilty plea to a charge of being the master of a vessel that failed to comply with seabird mitigation measures at the Greymouth District Court on Tuesday.

The prosecution was brought the Ministry of Primary Industries.

Smyth will be sentenced on November 14 at the Nelson District Court.

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