Birds at risk of death from carelessly abandoned fishing line

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Like the flag of a defeated army, the dead frigatebird hung limp and battered from a tree on an island in Pine Island Sound — another victim of abandoned fishing line.

Thirty yards away, a frigatebird carcass floated in the shallow water by the island, fishing line tightly wrapped around its body, right wing and neck.

These were but two of the thousands of birds that will be killed by abandoned fishing line this year in Florida.

Statistics are scarce, but studies show that 700 brown pelicans die in Florida every year from being entangled in monofilament line — these studies deal only with one bird species and don’t include braided fishing line, which is becoming increasingly popular among fishermen.