Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Progress with projects funded by the Albatross and Petrel Agreement from 2010 to 2102

The Seventh Meeting of the Albatross and Petrel Agreement’s Advisory Committee, to be held in La Rochelle this month, will hear of progress with ACAP-funded projects for the 2010-2011 and 2012 rounds (see AC7 Inf 01).

2010-2011 FUNDING ROUND

Eight projects were supported during the 2010 - 2011 call for applications. Short progress reports are available for those marked with asterisks.

ACAP 2010-01 At-sea distribution of the WAAL [Wandering Albatross] and overlap with fishing fleets of the central Peruvian coast*

J.A. Shigueto & J.C. Mangel, Pro Delphinus, Peru

ACAP 2010-03 Evaluating alternative approaches to predicting at-sea distributions and fisheries overlaps of ACAP species in Ecological Risk Assessments

(R.A. Phillips, British Antarctic Survey

ACAP 2010-04 Concluding six years of research on seabird bycatch reduction through modified discharge management regimes: Is batch discharge better than ad-hoc discharge from trawl vessels?* (see reference listed below)

J. Pierre, Ministry of Research, Science and Technology, New Zealand

ACAP 2010-09 Internal Consultation Process for the Consolidation of the National Plan of Acton for the Conservation of Seabirds in Peru*

E. Goya, Instituto del Mar del Perú & A. Gonzáles Araujo, Dirección General de Extracción y Procesamiento Pesquero, Ministerio de la Producción

ACAP 2010-10 Defining high-risk areas in the Argentinean Continental Shelf: to which extent albatrosses and petrels interact with the Argentine high-seas commercial trawl fleet?*

S. Copello & J.P. Seco Pon. CONICET-UNMDP, Argentina

ACAP 2010-11 Improving data collection on seabird incidental mortality associated with fisheries in South American observer programmes: Part II – year 2011

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay

ACAP 2010-13 Final on-shore development of ‘hook-pod’ to reduce seabird bycatch in pelagic longline fisheries* (a progress report is at SBWG4 Doc 10 Rev 1.)

B. Sullivan, BirdLife International

ACAP 2010-15 Estimates of the Waved Albatross mortality in artisanal fisheries during the critical period of incubation*

J. Samaniego, GSP BirdLife - Aves & Conservación, Ecuador

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Waved Albatross.  Photograph by Rone LeValley

2012 FUNDING ROUND

Five projects were supported to the level of AUD 97 600 following evaluation by the Grants Sub-committee and the Advisory Committee  in the 2012 funding round, out of nine applications received requesting a total of AUD 156 850.  Proposal summaries for the projects below can be found in AC7 Inf 01.

ACAP 12-03 Seabird mitigation effectiveness of the Smart Tuna Hook in Tuna longline fishing

B. Baker, Southern Seabird Solutions Trust,G. Robertson, Australian Antarctic Division & Hans Jusseit, OceanSmart

ACAP 12-04 Population demography and at-sea distribution of Sooty Albatross at the Prince Edward Islands

P.G. Ryan, FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town, R.J.M. Crawford & A.B. Makhado, Branch: Oceans and Coasts, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

ACAP 12-06 NGO action in Santa Rosa, Ecuador to reduce bycatch of Waved Albatross (and other seabirds) in artisanal longline fisheries

J. Hardesty Norris & G. Wallace, American Bird Conservancy & Oli Yates & Esteban Frere BirdLife International, J. Samaniego, (Aves y Conservación & A. Baquero, Equilibro Azul

ACAP 12-07 Tracking Juvenile Tristan Albatrosses at Gough Island

R. Wanless, BirdLife South Africa, P.G. Ryan, Percy FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa & R. Cuthbert, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, UK

ACAP 12-09 Assessing the impact of demersal trawl fisheries on seabirds in Uruguay

A. Domingo, Laboratorio de Recursos Pelágicos, Dirección Nacional de Recursos Acuáticos, S. Jiménez, M. Abreu & R. Forselledo, Laboratorio de Recursos Pelágicos, Dirección Nacional de Recursos Acuáticos and Proyecto Albatros y Petreles – Uruguay (NGO CICMAR).

For a description of the funds allocation process followed in 2012 see AC7 Doc 16.

Reference:

Pierre, J.P. Abraham,  E.R., Richard, Y., Cleal, J. &. Middleton, D.A.J. 2012.  Controlling trawler waste discharge to reduce seabird mortality. Fisheries Research 131-133: 30-38.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 01 May 2013

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