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Fogo: Increased depredation of the Rabo de Junco bird in Sal and Boa Vista related to COVID-19 – specialist

São Filipe, May 4 (Inforpress) – The increase in human depredation of the Rabo de Junco bird in the islands of Sal and Boa Vista may be related to COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a decrease in tourist visits on these two islands.

Jacob Gonzalez-Solis, professor at the University of Barcelona (Spain), who has worked with several non-governmental organizations on seabird conservation, said this year there has been a high number of human depredation of the Rabo de Junco bird, in a “much more expressive” way than before.

“It is suspected that the decrease in tourist visits due to the COVID-19 pandemic, money and lack of work, may have depredation of this seabird species,” he said.

The two islands have a significant animal population and the Sal Island is the “most important” breeding place for this seabird species in all West Africa, said the professor, for whom the increase in depredation may also worsen the problems of turtle capture in the next season of sowing, which is coming.

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