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Mortality of Thick-billed Murres in the West Greenland Salmon Fishery


SINCE its inception in 1965, the drift net fishery for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) off West Greenland has taken a heavy toll of thick-billed murres (Uria lomvia)1, which are entangled and drowned as they dive for food.

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TULL, C., GERMAIN, P. & MAY, A. Mortality of Thick-billed Murres in the West Greenland Salmon Fishery. Nature 237, 42–44 (1972).

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