The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels
(ACAP), has been ratified by two countries: Australia ratified
on 4 October 2001 and New Zealand on 1 November 2001. The
Agreement was established to protect 21 Albatross species
and 7 Petrel species. It particularly addresses the threats
posed by by-catch in long-line fisheries.
The signing ceremony was held in Canberra, Australia on
19 June 2001. Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, New Zealand,
Peru, and the United Kingdom were the first signatories,
expressing their international commitment to protect albatrosses
and petrels. To enter into force, the Agreement requires
five ratifications. Australia, in its role of interim Secretariat,
expects this will be achieved by mid-2002.