The Fourth International Conference on the Biology and Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 11-15 August 2008. The conference was followed by a trip to sea to view pelagic seabirds on the 16th in the Atlantic Ocean off the Cape Peninsula - when several ACAP species were identified.
Totals of 64 oral and 33 poster presentations were made. The conference was opened with an address from ACAP entitled "The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels: progress, success and the future", presented by ACAP's Advisory Commitee Vice Chair, Mark Tasker. Abstracts of presentations have been placed on the conference web site (http://iapc4.adu.org.za/Abstract_booklet.pdf) of which a large number cover ACAP-listed species.
Dr Ross Wanless will be editing the conference proceedings, which will be published in the journal Marine Ornithology. Information on the editorial process will be posted to the conference web site (http://iapc4.adu.org.za) in due course.
John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, posted 18 August 2008