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I applaud your efforts and I look forward to seeing the implementation of your thinking in years to come. at the RSPB reserve at Bempton in Lincolnshire had the worst breeding season in eighteen years of records. Many birds failed to nest at all and adults and chicks were clearly suffering from food shortage. Similar effects have, I know, been seen in the Shetland Isles. Here, seabirds had their worst breeding season for twenty-five years, with some Kittiwake colonies disappearing entirely and Puffins and Razorbills also seriously affected.

So I couldn’t have been more 16 Waterbirds around the world it concludes that the only way to prevent continued pirate fishing is to close ports to these ships, close markets to the fish they catch and penalize the companies that are their true owners and operators. I know that Elliot Morley now leads an OECD Task Force on Pirate Fishing and I wish him every possible success in finding ways to do all those things. I certainly don’t think that any single measure is going to succeed when the economic incentives for illegal action are so high and the chances of being detected and prosecuted are so low.

It can also provide valuable lessons for other conservation planners and managers. We are keen through the flyway approach to promote concepts and actions that ensure connection between sites, species and the ecological interactions that support these. It is about linkages – both those in the environment and those between people and institutions that support our common goals of conservation and wise use. The concept of linkages is also not new, but recently we have been hearing more and more about interlinkages between conservation efforts globally and locally.

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