The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) is an international instrument striving to achieve and maintain a favourable conservation status for albatrosses and petrels. ACAP was developed because of global concerns over the conservation status of albatrosses and petrels; and the need for international efforts to bring about positive changes (Cooper et al. 2006). The Agreement came into force in February 2004; and currently 13 countries are ACAP Parties: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, France, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. Non-Party, Range States (Canada, USA and Namibia) and numerous NGO’s (esp. BirdLife International, the Humane Society International, Pro-Delphinus, Projeto Albatroz, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) routinely participate in meetings of ACAP’s Advisory Committee (AC) and contribute to the work of three Working Groups (WGs). When the Agreement came into force, all 19 Southern Hemisphere albatross species, five Procellaria petrel species and two species of giant petrels (Macronectes) were included in Annex 1 of the Agreement. Since then, five species have been added: the North Pacific albatrosses (Laysan, Black-footed and Short-tailed, added in 2009); Balearic Shearwater (2012); and Pink-footed Shearwater (2015). Throughout the Agreement’s history, PSG members have been active ACAP participants. As such, PSG has established a Delegate to the Agreement; in September 2016 Ken Morgan was nominated the PSG Delegate to ACAP. Ken regularly communicates with members of ACAP’s AC and WGs, where possible attends ACAP meetings, and contributes intersessionally to the work of the AC and the WGs. As PSG Delegate to ACAP, Ken will provide updates and reports to the PSG Executive Council.
Contact: Ken Morgan
Cooper et al. 2006. The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels: rationale, history, progress and the way forward. Marine Ornithology 34: 1–5.