Applications are sought for research and project applications that will assist the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) meet its objective of achieving and maintaining a favourable conservation status for albatrosses and petrels.
Total funding of AUD $113,000 is available for allocation in 2009.
Research and/or project applications must be submitted on an ACAP Project Application Form. When assessing project applications preference will be given to research/projects that address the following elements of the Advisory Committee Work Programme.
High Priority Projects (with the level of indicative funding available)
WP Item 2.7 Undertake a review of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) whose fishing operations overlap with the range of albatrosses listed under Annex 1 of the Agreement and prepare distribution maps for inclusion in species assessments (AUD $5,000)
WP Item 4.5 Develop materials (both generic and specific) to assist RFMOs and other relevant international and national bodies in reducing seabird bycatch.
- Project 1 – develop observer programme designs including protocols for the collection of seabird bycatch data, with consideration of analytical methods for assessing seabird bycatch (AUD$20,000).
- Project 2 – develop summary of ecological risk assessment methods with references (AUD$20,000).
WP Item 4.2 Estimate seabird mortality in fisheries that operate without observer coverage in the range of the Waved Albatross (AUD$20,000).
WP Item 5.2 Improve seabird bycatch data collection from observer programmes operating in relevant South American fisheries (AUD$25,000).
Other Innovative projects that will make a substantive contribution to the Agreement’s objective (AUD $15,000). Limited funding is also available for projects which address other elements of the Advisory Committee’s Work Programme.
Applications open on 10 June 2009 and close on 3 July 2009. Completed application forms are to be submitted to relevant ACAP National Contact Pointsin either paper or electronic format. Applications from international organisations may be submitted directly to the ACAP Secretariatc/-: Executive SecretaryACAP SecretariatGPO Box 824Hobart 7001TasmaniaAUSTRALIA Or by email to: Warren Papworth Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their applications by 17 August 2009.