The renewal reaffirms each organisation's commitment “to facilitate cooperation between the IATTC and the ACAP Secretariat with a view to supporting efforts to minimise the incidental by-catch of albatrosses and petrels listed in Annex 1 of ACAP within the IATTC Convention Area.”
A map from the IATTC website indicates the IATTC Convention Area
The MoU promotes cooperation between the organisations in the following areas:
- development of systems for collecting and analysing data, and exchanging information concerning the bycatch of albatrosses and petrels in the IATTC Convention Area;
- exchange of information regarding management approaches directly or indirectly relevant to the conservation of albatrosses and petrels;
- implementation of education and awareness programmes for fishers who operate in areas where albatrosses and petrels may be encountered;
- design, testing and implementation of albatross and petrel bycatch mitigation measures relevant to fishing operations in the IATTC Convention Area;
- development of training programmes on conservation techniques and measures to mitigate threats affecting albatrosses and petrels;
- exchange of expertise, techniques and knowledge relevant to the conservation of albatrosses and petrels in the IATTC Convention Area; and
- reciprocal participation with observer status at the relevant meetings of ACAP and IATTC.
ACAP’s Executive Secretary Dr Christine Bogle and IATTC Senior Policy Advisor, Jean-François Pulvenis signed the MoU earlier this year in May. First signed in July 2011, the MoU has now been renewed with a clause to automatically extend every six-years unless the Participants decide otherwise.
10 July 2023