The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) through its 13 Parties strives to conserve albatrosses and petrels by coordinating international activities to mitigate threats to their populations. In 2019 ACAP's Advisory Committee declared that a conservation crisis continues to be faced by its 31 listed species, with thousands of albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters dying every year as a result of fisheries operations. To increase awareness of this crisis ACAP inaugurated a World Albatross Day to be held annually on 19 June from 2020, the date the Agreement was signed in 2001.
The Thirteenth Meeting of ACAP’s Advisory Committee (AC13) will be held from Monday 22 to Friday 26 May 2023, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Meetings of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group and the Population and Conservation Status Working Group will precede AC13, SBWG11 from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 May, and PaCSWG7 from the final session of Thursday 18 to Friday 19 May. As decided by AC11, a joint SBWG11/PaCSWG7 meeting will be held during the first three sessions of Thursday 18 May, to discuss cross-cutting issues. See Meeting Circular 1 for more information.
ACAP adopts the theme "Plastic Pollution" for World Albatross Day, 19 June 2023 and creates two new 'WAD2023' logos