March 08, 2005

3/8 - Albatross: Do they have to go extinct to cause concern?

A month ago when I was in Morro Bay the local newspaper ran an article with a photo of a pelican wrapped in fishing line. There's no shortage of pelicans on the California coast and the fishermen told me this was a one in a thousand occurrence (but the photo makes for good copy).

In contrast, this article in the BBC says approximately 100,000 albatross died last year from longline fishing practices. That's enough to someday jeopardize the fate of the entire species.

Posted by Randy Olson at March 8, 2005 02:42 AM