Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

About ACAP

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.

Twelfth Meeting of ACAP’s Advisory Committee

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 meeting will be held on the morning of Thursday 27 August, to discuss cross-cutting issues.

ACAP Secretariat and Advisory Committee Chair are consulting with ACAP Parties about the way forward as regards AC12. At this stage, we are considering deferring the AC and associated Working Group meetings.

World Albatross Day, 19 June 2020: "Eradicating Island Pests"

 “Who could not be moved by the wild cry on the wind of an albatross pair with their heads pointed to the sky?  It is one of the things that has moved me to help them by removing introduced mammals from their breeding islands - one thing among many of the threats to these superb birds.” – John Parkes, Kurahaupo Consulting, New Zealand; author, A Feasibility Study for the Eradication of House Mice from Gough Island (2008) & Eradication of House Mice Mus musculus from Marion Island: a Review of Feasibility, Constraints and Risks (2014).


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