Protected bird species died in poachers’ nets in Vaya Lake

Protected bird species died in poachers’ nets in Vaya Lake. A whole family of Little Grebes – adult bird with two youngsters, found their dead in illegal fishing nets in waters of the lake. This was established by experts of Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) who were alarmed by employees of Executive Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture (EAFA) during the regular check up for illegal fishing in Bourgas Lakes.
During the action organized after a signal on telephone number 112 the experts found several more birds in poachers’ nets. Immediately were freed the alive birds Black-necked Grebe, Common Pochard and Little Grebe. All the birds are protected under Biodiversity Act. Two of the birds were young and very weak after the long stay in the nets.
Vaya Lake is one of the most important wetlands in the country with big population of Grebes according the ornithologists. BSPB will continue to work in co-operation with state institutions for prevention of poaching in Bourgas Lakes.
The check up for illegal fishing in Vaya Lake continued 5 hours. Almost 2 km of nets were collected as well as carassius and common carp that were caught in them. The illegal fishing causes damages to the fish reserves in the lakes and to protected bird species that become casual victims. Frequently globally threatened bird species end up in the nets.
Having in mind that the illegal fishing is practiced wildly in the water basins in the country and the fact that it is difficult to register all the cases of poaching, the number of the dead birds caught in nets could not be specifies exactly.