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  • The Agreement on the Conservation of

    Albatrosses and Petrels: International Efforts

    to Improve the Conservation Status of

    Threatened Species

    On behalf of: Marco Favero1, Warren Papworth2,

    1 ACAP Advisory Committee2 ACAP Secretariat

    Interrnational Seabird Bycatch Workshop

    Vigo Spain

    October 28th 2014

  • The objective of the Agreement is to achieve and maintain a favourable conservation status for albatrosses and petrels (Art. II.1).

    Apply to albatrosses and petrels listed in Annex 1 (30 spp)

    Meeting of the Parties: decision-making body of the Agreement

    Advisory Committee (AC): expert scientific and technical advice

    Taxonomy Working Group

    Population and Conservation Status Working Group

    Seabird Bycatch Working Group

    Executive Secretary: execute decisions, organise meetings,

    administer funds, promote and coordinate actions, etc.Chatham albatross

    Tui De Roy

  • AC (and WGs) meet twice every three years: review

    of work programme and development/ refinement of advice.

    A substantial amount of work is being done by

    ACAP Parties to implement the Agreement

    (adoption / implementation of NPOA-S, recovery

    plans, strategy documents, marine protected

    areas and feral pest eradication programmes).

    Parties meet every three years: review of the degree to which

    the Agreements Action Plan is implemented by the Parties(MoP4 conducted in early 2012).

    Significant contribution of Non-Party Range States and NGOs to the work of the

    Agreement

    Three official languages: English, French and Spanish

    Juan Seco Pon

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    [4 CR , 6 EN , 12 VU , 6 NT , 2 LC ]

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  • Action/ Process Products

    Review taxonomy ACAP spp Advice other fora (e.g. CMS)

    Evaluation of spp conservation status Species assessments

    Development of conservation guidelines Biosecurity guidelines

    Erradication guidelines

    Review / development of mitigation Mitigation rev document

    Brief mitigation advice

    Mitigation factsheets

    Development/ implementation of RFMO

    engagement strategy

    Advice documents on seabird CM

    Advice documents on data collection and

    observer protocols

    Collection/ storing/ organisation of data ACAP database

    Identification of conservation priorities Land based Conservation priorities

    At sea Conservation priorities

    Strategy on capacity building ACAP secondments

    Funds AC work programme

    Development of performance indicators Breeding sites, status and trends

    Seabird bycatch

  • In early 2010 ACAP responded to the Convention for

    Migratory Species (CMS) query on taxonomy of albatrosses

    and further adopted the recommended taxonomic approach.

    Three species added to Annex 1: since 2004, three

    northern hemisphere albatrosses and the Balearic

    shearwater recently listed in Annex 1 after proposal tabled

    by Spain.

    Action/ Process Products

    Review taxonomy ACAP spp Advice other fora (e.g. CMS)

    SEO/BirdLife

  • Action/ Process Products

    Evaluation of spp conservation status Species assessments

    Process started in 2007

    29 species assessments finalised by 2010

    Assessments translated into the three ACAP languages by 2011

    Assessments are updated as new data becomes available

    Conservation status Taxonomy Conservation plans Breeding biology Breeding sites Population trends Foraging ecology At-sea distribution Threats Information gaps

    Available at http://www.acap.aq/acap-species

  • Large body of research has been undertaken in recent years on

    seabird bycatch mitigation. Effective mitigation measures

    have been identified and best practice advice developed for

    pelagic LL, demersal LL and trawl fisheries

    Action/ Process Products

    Review / development of mitigation Mitigation rev document (EN, FR, SP)

    Brief mitigation advice (EN, FR, SP)

    Mitigation factsheets (EN, FR, SP, POR, JAP, MAN, KOR)Co-branded with BirdLife International

    Advice generated to be used at

    different fora (Governments, RFMOs,

    observer programmes, fishermen, etc)

    Complexity of fisheries and Agencies (e.g. artisanal fisheries)

    Progress in adoption of Conservation Measures and NPOA-S

    Observer programmes and data

    availability/ quality issues

    Available at http://www.acap.aq/bycatch-mitigation

    Waved Albatross

    R. Medina-ATF

  • ACAPs strategy to engage with RFMOs has beendeveloped to assist with the development and

    implementation of CM in high seas fisheries.

    Line weighting Bird Scaring Line Night settingpackage for pelagic LL fisheries

    Key challenge is to ensure that the knowledge isapplied and mitigation measures are implemented

    widely and effectively in fisheries where incidental

    mortality is occurring.

    Action/ Process Products

    Development/ implementation of RFMO

    engagement strategy

    Advice documents on seabird CM

    Advice documents on data collection and

    observer protocols

    Observer programmes and data availability (resource implications)

    Electronic monitoring, a way forward?

  • Action/ Process Products

    Development of strategy on capacity

    building

    ACAP secondments

    Funds AC work programme

    Parties (2006) identified Capacity Building as an issue of high priority for the Agreement.

    Objective: to improve the capacity of Parties and other relevant stakeholders in areas such as research,

    administration, training and monitoring.

    Significant resources spent by ACAP to increase capacities of Parties and Range States (e.g.

    secondment programme, grant scheme).

    Since 2008: 15 (out of 28) conservation projects funded by the AC comprised capacity building aspects in research, education, training and outreach (some 60% of AUD$

    461,000 granted during 2008-2012).

    Salaverry Pro-Delphinus

  • KEY CHALLENGES

    Non-Party States holding breeding areas

    Number of other fishing Range States need to be engaged (e.g. high seas fleets)

    Full engagement/ participation by Parties

    High turnover rate at decision maker level

    Major data gaps in population status, by-catch, etc.

    Collection of relevant data

    More traction in RFMOs, implementation and data gathering issues

    Slow progress/ temporal scale issues in some areas/ arenas

    Size and complexity of some fisheries (artisanal/ semi-industrial)

    Limited resources (e.g. eradication programmes)

    Widespread adoption/implementation of ACAP best practice mitigation advise