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  Albatross could be extinct in 25 years
Updated 11 March 2003, 19.43
Black-browed albatross. Pic courtesy of Richard White, Seabirds at Sea Team, Falklands Conservation
One of the world's biggest birds - the albatross - could become extinct because of fishing.

More than a hundred thousand are getting caught in fishing nets each year and drowning.

The birds get tangled as they try to eat bait from the long line of hooks trailed by the boats.

Try night fishing

Fact File
Albatross
Out of 21 species of albatross 15 are considered endangered
World's largest bird in terms of its wingspan which can be 11ft across
The albatross is rumoured to bring good luck to sailors.

Experts say fishermen should put lines out at night when the birds don't feed.

And if they put weights on the lines, they'd sink out of sight so the peckish birds wouldn't see them.

Already, Japanese fleets in New Zealand have changed the way they fish and the number of birds caught fell from 4,000 to just 12.

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