Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Mexico establishes a large Marine Protected Area around two Laysan Albatross islands in the Revillagigedos Group

Last week Mexico declared a large Marine Protected Area arounds it Revillagigedo Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The 150 000-km² MPA will be closed to fishing, oil and gas extraction and and development for tourism in the area; recreational diving will be allowed (click here).

The Reserva de la Biosfera Archipiélago de Revillagigedo, made up of four islands, and its surrounding waters were inscribed as a Ramsar Wetland Site of International Importance in 2004 with an area of 636 685 ha. Two of the four islands, Clarión and San Benedicto, support small breeding populations of globally Near Threatened Laysan P. immutabilis Albatrosses. The island group has been a Biosphere Reserve from 1994 and was made a World Heritage Natural Site in 2016.

An incubating Laysan Island on Clarion Island, photograph by Andrea Angel/Ross Wanless 

The islands are uninhabited except for a small Mexican naval presence.  Read more here.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 01 December 2017