The Fourth Conference on the Biology and Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 11-15 August 2008.
The programme and abstracts booklet is now available as a downloadable PDF on the conference web site, or by going directly to http://iapc4.adu.org.za/Abstract_booklet.pdf. There will be totals of 65 oral presentations, 32 posters and two round-table discussions over the five-day period of the conference. ACAP will be well represented at the conference and will make a number of presentations.
The opening address will be given on behalf of ACAP by Mark Tasker, Vice-Chair of the Agreement's Advisory Committee on the subject: The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels - progress, success and the future. In addition, Wieslawa Misiak of ACAP's Secretariat, along with three of ACAP's four working group convenors, Mike Double, Rosemary Gales and Richard Phillips, will convene a round-table to demonstrate and discuss two Agreement initiatives: the data portal, and the species assessments.
A poster entitled Identifying candidate species for inclusion within the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels will be be displayed by John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer and Barry Baker, ACAP scientific and technical consultant.
Warren Papworth, ACAP Executive Secretary, will co-author a poster with Kim Rivera and others entitled Birds of a feather: international teamwork advancing seabird conservation on the high seas which will address how best to interact with RFMOs (Regional Fishery Management Organizations) to reduce seabird bycatch.
ACAP will also host a stand at the conference at which posters and species assessment texts will be displayed and made available to delegates.
Posted by John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 04 August 2008