At the Eleventh Meeting of ACAP’s Advisory Committee (AC11), held in Brazil in May this year, New Zealand reported that based on current listing prioritisation advice and knowledge of shared threats with other ACAP-listed species, it was considering the merit of nominating the globally Near Threatened and Nationally Vulnerable Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes for listing by ACAP. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are regularly caught as bycatch by commercial fisheries in New Zealand waters. The species has been previously identified by ACAP as a potential candidate species for such listing (see AC11 Inf 04).
Flesh-footed Shearwater at sea off New Zealand, photograph by Kirk Zufelt
Australia has considered whether the Flesh-footed Shearwater should be listed in its Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act of 1999, following the species' nomination in 2012 (click here). After an assessment the decision was made in 2014 not to list the species, meaning that a recovery plan would not need to be produced (click here). Flesh-footed Shearwaters breed on Australia’s Lord Howe Island where they have decreased in numbers (and have been found to ingest large loads of plastic items), as well as on islands elsewhere in the country. The species also breeds on France’s St Paul Island in the southern Indian Ocean. Both Australia and France are Parties to ACAP.
Two globally threatened shearwaters, the Critically Endangered Balearic Puffinus mauretanicus and the Vulnerable Pink-footed A. creatopus, have already been listed by ACAP.
Access the AC11 report (see paragraph 14.5 on p. 18) here.
With thanks to Igor Debski.
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John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 17 June 2019