Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Welcome to ACAP

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.  This year 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 next year, the date the Agreement was signed in 2004.

The Eleventh Meeting of ACAP’s Advisory Committee (AC11) was held from 13 to 17 May 2019 in Florianópolis, Brazil.  Meetings of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group (SBWG9), and the Population and Conservation Status Working Group (PaCSWG5) preceded AC11 at the same venue.



"World Albatross Day is a perfect time for us to reflect on what we humans can learn from albatrosses.  While we share similar life spans and the spatial scales of our activities, ranging over vast areas of the globe, albatrosses have lived on earth in their current form tens of millions of years longer than Homo sapiens without disrupting or degrading their own habitats". - Dr Elizabeth (Beth) Flint, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, Marine National Monuments in the Pacific, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.A.

Beth wears Red Z333, the colour band of Wisdom, the oldest known Laysan Albatross, still breeding successfully on Midway Atoll


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