Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Convention on Migratory Species to consider draft resolutions on marine debris and gill netting at its 10th Conference of Parties in November

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) will hold its 10th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP10) in Bergen, Norway over 20-25 November this year.

Two draft resolutions to be discussed at the meeting are of interest as they have the potential to improve the conservation status of ACAP-listed albatrosses and petrels.  There are on marine debris and bycatch of CMS-listed species in gillnet fisheries.

ACAP's report to the 10th COP of the CMS covering the period 2008-2011 states that the "[t]he key objectives for reporting on the implementation of the Agreement are to: (1) provide information regarding the assessment of progress towards the objectives of the Agreement; (2) gather information on lessons learned, including successes and failures, in order to conduct albatross and petrel conservation in the most efficient and effective manner; (3) identify further research to be carried out; and (4) provide a resource of material on albatross and petrel conservation."

Laysan and Black-footed Albatrosses of the North Pacific are at particular risk to ingested marine debris such as coloured cigaratte lighters

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 13 October 2011