Feds to Study Whether to List Blackfooted Albatross as Endangered

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will study whether the blackfooted albatross should be added to the endangered species list.

There are about 61,000 breeding pairs of the seabird in the world, with almost all of them living in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

They're being killed in large numbers by commercial longline fisheries.

The albatross are getting hooked on the fisheries' baited fishing gear. This drags them underwater and drowns the birds.