Sending Office: Honorable Alan S. Lowenthal
Sent By:
Rachel.Gentile@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

 

Encourage worldwide conservation of endangered seabirds

Become an original cosponsor of the Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act

 

Dear Colleague:

Many migratory seabird species are in trouble. Of the 22 species of albatross, 15 are threatened with extinction, while the remaining seven species are near threatened, according the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). More than half of
all petrel species are threatened with extinction. The most significant threat to these species is from bycatch in longline fisheries, especially from foreign fleets in the Pacific Ocean and illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries (IUU).
Other threats include marine pollution and invasive predators on nesting islands.

The Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act implements the
Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels
(ACAP). The U.S. is already a global leader in addressing bycatch and other threats to these species, but international threats remain. The Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act will give the U.S.
more international influence to protect these endangered sea birds around the world.
This will benefit U.S. fisheries which are often disadvantaged by the United States’ comparatively strict conservation standards that protect wild­life.

 The legislation implements the ACAP treaty and authorizes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to engage in activities that will improve conditions for albatrosses and petrels, including:

  • Bycatch reduction measures and interna­tional fisheries enforcement
  • Research into the conservation of alba­trosses and petrels
  • Habitat restoration
  • Control of non-native species
  • Development of education programs

The legislation does not expand or alter the enforce­ment scheme for albatrosses and petrels found within U.S. jurisdiction, because these species are already pro­tected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Domestic fisheries
would not be subject to additional restrictions of their activities under the proposed legislation because these activities are already regulated under Magnuson-Stevens.

Instead, joining ACAP creates leverage with which the U.S. can urge other nations to adopt strong conservation standards, while pro­viding agencies the authority to ensure foreign fleets follow international conservation measures designed to protect
albatrosses and petrels. This will make U.S. fisheries more competitive in the long-run.

The ratification of ACAP has enjoyed bipartisan sup­port, including by former President George W. Bush and President Obama.

Please contact Rachel Gentile in my office at
Rachel.Gentile@mail.house.gov
, x-57924 to cosponsor this important legislation.

 

Sincerely,

Alan Lowenthal

Member of Congress

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