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 will inaugurate a World Albatross Day to be held annually on 19 June from 2020, the date the Agreement was signed in 2004.
AC12 will be held from Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September 2020, in Manta, Ecuador. Meetings of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group, and the Population and Conservation Status Working Group will precede AC12 at the same venue: SBWG10 from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 August, and PaCSWG6 from Thursday 27 to Friday 28 August. A joint SBWG10/PaCSWG6 will be held on the morning of Thursday 27 August, to discuss cross-cutting issues.
WORLD ALBATROSS DAY, 19 JUNE 2020: "ERADICATING ISLAND PESTS"
“Our assessments of the status of albatrosses paint a solemn forecast. These magnificent birds, however, share their stage with a determined band of people across the world who are committed to their conservation and survival. Tides can be turned and we must continue to collaborate to improve the status of this flagship group of birds. ACAP provides a mechanism where we can work together and World Albatross Day provides a wonderful moment to celebrate the successes and re-commit to our ongoing endeavours.” – Dr Rosemary Gales, Co-editor, Albatross Biology and Conservation (1998); past Convenor, ACAP Status and Trends Working Group; past Co-convenor, ACAP Population and Conservation Status Working Group.