The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) through its 13 Parties strives to conserve albatrosses and petrels by coordinating international activities to mitigate threats to their populations. In 2019 ACAP's Advisory Committee declared that a conservation crisis continues to be faced by its 31 listed species, with thousands of albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters dying every year as a result of fisheries operations. To increase awareness of this crisis ACAP will inaugurate a World Albatross Day to be held annually on 19 June from 2020, the date the Agreement was signed in 2004.
WORLD ALBATROSS DAY, 19 JUNE 2020: "ERADICATING ISLAND PESTS"
“Albatrosses are the most threatened group of seabirds. The biggest threats to their survival are incidental bycatch in fisheries, climate change and invasive alien species at their breeding colonies. World Albatross Day is a fantastic way to shine a spotlight on these majestic birds and to make people aware of how we can conserve them.” - Kim Stevens, Marion Island birder 2013/04 (M70), 2016/07 (M73); Ph.D. candidate (The foraging ecology and breeding success of Grey-Headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma on Marion Island), FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town.