Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Third Island Invasives Conference (Dundee, Scotland, July 2017) opens for registration and abstracts

The third in the series of Island Invasives Conferences will be held in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland over the week of 10-14 July 2017, organized by the South Georgia Heritage Trust and the University of Dundee.

The conference will follow on from two previous conferences held in Auckland, New Zealand; the most recent in January 2010.  It will be the first meeting in the series to be held in the Northern Hemisphere.

Registration and abstract (for both orals and posters) submission is now open.  Early-bird registration fees, saving UK£100 on the normal rate, will in principle be available until 30 April 2017. However, the conference lecture theatre holds 350 people, and numbers will likely be capped at this level, so it would be wise to sign up soon.  Presenting authors should register for the conference before submitting their abstracts (go to

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has offered to publish the proceedings of this conference, as it did for the others in the series.  The Chair of the Conference Committee is Tony Martin, Professor of Animal Conservation, University of Dundee.

ACAP has produced guidelines for the eradication of introduced mammals from breeding sites of ACAP-listed seabirds.  ACAP Latest News regularly reports on the successes, efforts and plans to rid islands in the Southern Ocean of their alien mammals, such as cats, mice, pigs, rabbits, Reindeer and rats, that impact upon albatrosses and petrels.

Read an earlier ACAP Latest News item on the conference.

With thanks to Tony Martin for information.

Selected Literature:

Phillips, R.A. undated.  Guidelines for Eradication of Introduced Mammals from Breeding Sites of ACAP-listed Seabirds.  ACAP Conservation Guideline.  9 pp.

Veitch, C.R. & Clout, M.N. (Eds) 2002. Turning the Tide: the Eradication of Invasive Species.  Proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives.  Gland & Cambridge: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group.  414 pp.

Veitch, C.R., Clout, M.N. & Towns, D.R. (Eds) 2011.  Island Invasives: Eradication and Management.  Proceedings of the International Conference on Island Invasives.  Gland: World Conservation Union & Auckland: Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity.  542 pp.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 01 November 2016