South Africa to launch national plan of action for reducing the incidental catch of seabirds in Longline fisheries at official opening of international meeting of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP)
18 August 2008
On 22 August 2008, South Africa will be launching its national plan of action for reducing the incidental catch of seabirds in Longline fisheries (NPOA seabirds) at the official opening of the fourth advisory meeting of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) at Erinvale Resort, in Somerset West, Western Cape.
The ACAP meeting brings together parties to the agreement from Argentina, Australia, Chile, Ecuador, France, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Spain and United Kingdom. Brazil will attend as a signatory. Observers include Canada, Namibia and USA, as well as observers from several NGOs.
The agreement is of importance for the conservation of albatrosses and petrels because many species migrate extensively, placing them at risk beyond national borders and making international co-operation in their conservation essential. South Africa ratified the agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) in 2003. The agreement entered into force in 2004.
South Africa realises the many challenges facing seabirds, and marine resources generally, in a rapidly changing environment. Decreases in seabird populations have been observed. As part of its commitment to address this challenge, South Africa has commenced implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management.
South Africa further introduced strict permit conditions in efforts to reduce the catch of seabirds in its fisheries. This NPOA seabirds, forms part of efforts and illustrates the country's commitment to managing seabirds and fisheries responsibly.
South Africa is committed to the code of conduct for responsible fisheries developed by the members of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The International Plan of Action (IPOA) for reducing the incidental catch of seabirds in Longline fisheries is one of four instruments developed to give effect to the code of conduct. Each member state is encouraged to adopt and implement national plans of action.
All media is invited to attend the launch of the NPOA seabirds (SA) and the official opening of the fourth advisory meeting of the ACAP.
Venue: Erinvale Resort, Somerset West, Western Cape
Date: 22 August 2008
For more information see the ACAP icon under hot issues on the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism website (http://www.deat.gov.za) or go to http://www.acap.aq.
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Issued by: Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
18 August 2008
Source: Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (http://www.deat.gov.za)