ACAP to gain its first gadfly petrel? Ecuador confirms its intention to nominate the Galapagos Petrel to the Agreement

Following its statement of intent made at the Sixth Meeting of the ACAP Advisory Committee (AC6) held in 2011 (click here), the Government of the Republic of Ecuador has now provided the ACAP Secretariat with a draft ACAP Species Assessment and accompanying conservation action plan for the Galápagos Petrel Pterodroma phaeopygia (click here to access document AC7 Doc 25).

Ecuador is requesting that the Advisory Committee at its Seventh Meeting to be held next month in France reviews the information provided in AC7 Doc 25 and recommends that the Fifth Meeting of the Parties (MoP5) to the Agreement includes the species within Annex I.

The Galápagos Petrel is endemic to Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands and is considered to be Critically Endangered.  The species is one of six procellariiform seabirds listed on Appendix I of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) that are not listed by ACAP (click here).

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Galápagos Petrel at sea

Photograph by Eric Vanderwerf

If the ACAP Parties support the nomination at their next planned meeting in 2015 the Galápagos Petrel will become the first gadfly petrel listed by the Agreement.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 19 April 2013

The Agreement on the
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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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