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Agreement On Conservation Of Albatrosses And Petrels

At the third meeting of the parties` meeting, held in Norway in 2009, the three North Pacific albatross (Phoebastria nigripes, Laysan P. immutabilis and P. albatrus short-tailed) were included in the agreement. At the fourth meeting of the meeting of the parties, held in Peru in 2012, the shear water of Puffinus mauretanicus, endemic in the Mediterranean, was incorporated into the agreement. At the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties held in Spain in 2015, A. creatopus pink foot shear water was added, bringing the total number of species currently included in the agreement to 31. While some nations are taking steps to protect albatross and storm birds, international cooperation is also needed. Albatross, storm birds and scissors are vulnerable to threats to its vast migration areas, which extend beyond national borders to international waters, and it is unlikely that measures taken by a single nation to improve its global state of conservation will be effective. International cooperation in the field of conservation of nature thus increases the chances of successful conservation action in the areas of listed species. Currently, ACAP protects all albatross species in the world, seven species of southern hemisphere assaultbirds and two species of scissor water. The ongoing work of the agreement reflects a growing international commitment to the protection of albatross and assaultbirds. The agreement cooperates with regional fisheries management organisations (TRFOs) for tuna, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Wildlife and the Sea (CCAMLR) and other relevant fishing organisations to promote the adoption of good practices to reduce seabird mortality in particularly long fisheries in international waters outside national (high sea) jurisdictions.

Memorandums of understanding have been signed with these organizations. In recent years, the five IGFMos have taken conservation measures that contain ACAP`s best practice recommendations for controlling bycating bycating seabird catches in longline pelagic fishing (mainly a combination of night setting, line weighting and the use of birdlines).

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