The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

We strive, through our 13 Parties, 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.

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Best Practice Advice

ACAP review of seabird bycatch mitigation measures and summary advice for reducing the impact of fishing on seabirds.

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Mitigation Fact Sheets

The Seabird Bycatch Mitigation Fact Sheets describe the range of potential mitigation measures available to reduce seabird bycatch in longline and trawl fisheries.

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Seabird Bycatch Identification Guide

The Guide is primarily intended for use at sea by fisheries observers to assist in the identification of albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters commonly caught in longline operations.

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Text of the Agreement

Amended by the Sixth Session of the Meeting of the Parties, Skukuza, South Africa, 7 - 11 May 2018.

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ACAP Species

The ACAP Species Assessments contain the most recent scientific information regarding albatross and petrel species listed under the Agreement.

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Data Portal

Population and conservation data for species listed on Annex 1 of ACAP. Reporting on implementation of the Agreement.

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The Agreement on the
Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

ACAP is a multilateral agreement which seeks to conserve listed albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters by coordinating international activity to mitigate known threats to their populations.

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