Shallow trot hooks four ‘seagulls being seagulls’
Thursday 27th September 2012, 10:00AM BST.
THE manager of Alderney Wildlife Trust has warned that people setting poorly laid trotlines could be open to prosecution.
Roland Gauvain issued the warning after a longline set out at Braye Bay ensnared four gulls.
At around 9pm on a Saturday someone at the Divers Inn rang Alderney Animal Welfare Society veterinary nurse Jeanette Bathgate to alert her to a gull caught on a line off Braye Beach.
She sought out AWT ecologist James Allison at Essex Farm and together they waded out 20 metres in the dark to find a fishing line around a metre under the water attached to buoys.
The line was threaded with around a dozen three-inch hooks, baited with chunks of mackerel.
A spokesman for Alderney Police said: ‘People are entitled to put down trotlines and this incident was seagulls just being seagulls.’