National recovery plan for threatened albatrosses and giant petrels 2011—2016
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
- National recovery plan for threatened albatrosses and giant petrels 2011—2016 (PDF - 457 KB) | (Word - 1,747 KB)
The first Recovery Plan for albatrosses and giant petrels was released in October 2001 in recognition of the need to develop a co–ordinated conservation strategy for albatrosses and giant petrels listed threatened under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Under s279 (2) of the Act, the Environment Minister must review a recovery plan at intervals of not longer than 5 years. This 2011—2016 Recovery Plan includes the results of that review process.
Species covered by the recovery plan
Twenty–one species (nineteen albatross species and two giant petrel species) are covered by this recovery plan. These have been categorised as:
- ‘Breeding species’: species that breed on islands in areas under Australian jurisdiction (seven species); and
- ‘Foraging species’: species that forage (or potentially forage), but do not breed, within areas under Australian jurisdiction (fourteen species).
This plan, and the accompanying Background Paper, were prepared for the species (see Table 1, column 2) as gazetted under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). The three additional species in the Table, while not listed as threatened under the Act, are included in this Plan because they occur in essentially the same areas, face the same conservation threats, require the same conservation actions, some are similarly endangered (as recognised on the IUCN Red List 2010) as the listed species, and their inclusion makes the Recovery Plan a more cogent document.