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Fishing and boating a threat to penguins

(From thewest.com.au) Western Australia – Penguin Island’s future as a breeding ground for little penguins is in danger, with a local expert warning that fishing and boating are increasingly threatening the Rockingham island’s unique population.  “We are encroaching on their territory,” Murdoch University penguin researcher Belinda Cannell said. “If we impact it too much, then they don’t survive. The biggest potential threats for the penguins are food availability, water craft strikes and fishing line entanglement,” she said. “There are also things like water quality issues, oil pollution and loss of nesting habitat.”

 

(By KATE TARALA)

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