BirdLife International’s (www.birdlife.org) Globally Threatened Bird Forum for seabirds is giving consideration to downlisting both the Southern and Northern Giant Petrels Macronctes giganteus and M. halli from a “Near-threatened” to a “Least Concern” status (see http://www.birdlifeforums.org/WebX/Globally%20Threatened%20Bird%20Forums/Threatened%20Seabirds/).
The two proposals are based on evidence of upward trends in several populations (see an earlier news item on the status of the Antarctic population of Southern Giant Petrels).
A proposal has also been made to downlist the Laysan Albatross Phoebastria immutabilis to “Near Threatened”.
The Globally Threatened Seabird Forum allows viewers to register and add their own comments on listing proposals, which can then be read by all. These postings will be taken into account in making a decision on any changes to the species' threatened status.
Posted by John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 24 December 2008