From NPR's web site:
"Long-line fishing boats kill about 100,000 albatrosses a year. A group of
British scientists says far fewer drownings would occur if the lines could be
weighted to make them sink more quickly. According to the World Conservation
Union, 19 of the world's 21 kinds of albatross are near extinction."
Here is a link to a RealAudio clip of the report aired this morning on NPR's
If the link doesn't work, browse to www.npr.org, select "Morning Edition" from
the left column, select "Listen to Individual Stories" and scroll down to
"Scientists Work to Save the Endangered Albatross" and select that. Of course,
this requires a RealOne player on your computer.