Hungry pelicans cause trouble for Israeli fisheries

Israel creates feeding ponds for migrating pelicans

Location: Mishmar HaSharon, Israel

The estimated 45,000 hungry pelicans have been given alternative cuisine

to stop them from eating fish raised by Israeli farmers

2.7 tons of second-rate fish are placed into a designated pond

where the pelicans are welcome to feast

(SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) OFIR BRUCKENSTEIN, REGIONAL RANGER AT THE ISRAEL NATURE AND PARKS AUTHORITY, SAYING:

"The goal of this project is to minimize the friction between man and pelican. As we know, pelicans eat fish and the industry of fish farming in Israel experiences damages. As the Nature and Parks Authority we want to minimize the damages as much as possible and, therefore, we buy these fish from fish farms, put them in reservoirs where the pelicans can reach, rest and eat calmly without disturbances and continue their long journey to Africa."

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