A Laysan Albatross pair on Kauai, photograph by Hob Osterlund
The Albatross and Petrel Agreement has chosen “Plastic Pollution” as its theme to mark the fourth World Albatross Day, to be celebrated on 19 June 2023. Four albatross species have been chosen to mark ’WAD2023’, to be supported by posters, infographics, artworks and a music video over the next three months. They are the globally Endangered Northern Royal D. sanfordi endemic to New Zealand and the abundant and widespread Black-browed Thalassarche melanophris, as well as the northern hemisphere Black-footed Phoebastria nigripes and Laysan P. immutabilis, which ingest more plastic than do the other species from the southern hemisphere.
Click here to access the 12 high-resolution photo posters that mark ‘WAD2023’ in the three ACAP official languages of English, French and Spanish. All the posters for WAD2023 have been designed by Bree Forrer, ACAP’s Communications Advisor. ACAP requests it be acknowledged in their use for conservation purposes. They should not be used for financial gain.
A Northern Royal Albatross guards its downy chick at New Zealand's Taiaroa Head, photograph by Oscar Thomas
Previous themes for World Albatross Day have been “Eradicating Island Pests” in 2020, “Ensuring Albatross-friendly Fisheries” in 2021 and “Climate Change” in 2022.
With grateful thanks to photographers Sharyn Broni, Wieteke Holthuijzen, Caren Loebel-Fried, Hob Osterlund, Georgina Strange, Erin Taylor, Oscar Thomas, Michelle Thompson and Eric vanderWerf, for their support of albatross conservation.
John Cooper, Emeritus Information Officer, Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, 06 April 2023