Death of albatross could lead to tighter rules

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The death of an endangered albatross hooked by a fishing boat off Oregon has federal biologists and fisheries managers looking at requiring West Coast fishing boats to take extra steps to avoid killing sea birds.

The bird killed last April was the first short-tailed albatross on the West Coast known to have died from grabbing a baited hook trailed by a commercial fishing boat, said Rob Suryan, an Oregon State University researcher who leads the team responsible for saving the endangered albatross from extinction. The death was reported by a federal observer on board a boat out of Newport, Ore.

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