Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

ACAP Working Group meetings commence in Hermanus, South Africa

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Prior to the Fourth Meeting of ACAP's Advisory Committee, to be held in Somerset West, South Africa from 22-25 August 2008, three of the AC's four working groups are meeting in the resort town of Hermanus on South Africa's south coast for three days over the period 17-19 August.

With Southern Right Whales close inshore in Walker Bay, a known haven for the species, and clearly visible from the meeting venue, attendees from 10 of the 11 ACAP Parties, as well as observers from five range states and five NGOs, have started discussions in the Seabird Bycatch and Status and Trends Working Groups, with a meeting of the Breeding Sites Working Group to follow on the 19th. 

Once the working group meetings are completed, the host country will take delegates on two separate at-sea outings before the Advisory Commitee meets, on 20 and 21 August.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, posted 17 August 2008