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.
WORLD ALBATROSS DAY, 19 JUNE 2020: "ERADICATING ISLAND PESTS"
“Albatrosses show us what true freedom really looks like. World Albatross Day should remind us of the work still to be done to reduce human activities that continue to threaten these extraordinary species.” - Dr. Aleks Terauds, Senior Research Scientist and Section Head, Biodiversity Conservation, Australian Antarctic Division; Chief Officer, SCAR Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System; author, Albatross: Elusive Mariners of the Southern Ocean (2005)