Short-tailed Albatross Death on Longline Hook Underscores Need for Revamped Alaskan Fisheries Observer Program
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The albatross killed in the Bering Sea wore a metal leg band identifying it as a 7 ½ year old bird from Torishima Island in Japan, where the majority of Short-tailed Albatrosses breed.
The Short-tailed Albatross was once the most abundant of the North Pacific albatross species, numbering more than a million birds. It was decimated by feather hunting at the turn of the 20th Century, and by the late 1940s was thought to be extinct. In the early 1950s, ten pairs were discovered breeding on Torishima, and the population has now reached 3,000 individuals. For the last five years, the Short-tailed Albatross Recovery Team, an international group of collaborators, have been working on establishing a colony that is safe from volcanic activity and other problems.