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 Twelfth Meeting of ACAP’s Advisory Committee (AC12) will be held as a virtual meeting from 30/31 August to 1/2 September 2021. Meetings of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group, and the Population and Conservation Status Working Group will precede AC12: SBWG10 from 16/17 to 18/19 August, and PaCSWG6 from 23/24 to 24/25 August 2021. For more informaiton see AC12 Circular 5.
The Seventh Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MoP7), to be held in Hobart, Australia, has been postponed to May 2022.