Australian Recovery Plan for Albatrosses and Giant Petrels being updated


 The Australian Commonwealth Government has had in place a “Recovery Plan for Albatrosses and Giant-Petrels” since 2001.  That plan identified the actions necessary to ensure the recovery of all albatross and giant-petrel species occurring (or potentially occurring) within areas under Australian jurisdiction. Under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, recovery plans must be reviewed at five-year intervals.  The review of the 2001 Plan began in 2008 and a new draft plan has now been released for a three- month public comment period.

The new draft plan and an accompanying background paper are available  at:

Comments up to 31 August 2009 should be sent here.

Once comments have been received and incorporated, and relevant State Ministers have approved the plan, a revised draft plan will be submitted to the Commonwealth Threatened Species Scientific Committee for its advice prior to submission to the Commonwealth Environment Minister for approval.

Information from Ian Hay, Australian Antarctic Division, posted 15 May 2009

The Agreement on the
Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

ACAP is a multilateral agreement which seeks to conserve listed albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters by coordinating international activity to mitigate known threats to their populations.

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