Conservation Status & Assessments of North Pacific Albatross

This page includes Status Assessments, Status Reports, and Action Plans as developed by government agencies for the conservation of North Pacific Albatross.

last updated: 3 March 2011

1. 2009 IUCN Red List Home Page:

Short-tailed albatross (VU):

Black-footed albatross (EN):

Laysan albatross (NT):


i. Status assessments
The Short-tailed Albatross was assessed as Threatened by Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 2003 and listed in Canada as Threatened by Species at Risk Act ( SARA Schedule 1) in 2005. A Recovery Team was formed in 2006 (Chair: Ken Morgan, Canadian Wildlife Service). The short-tailed albatross and pink-footed shearwater are included in a single strategy, with recovery goals that are both shared by and unique to each species. COSEWIC assessed the Black-footed Albatross as Special Concern in 2007. This species was added to the Species at Risk Act (SARA), Schedule 1 in 2009.

Short-tailed Albatross in Canada
COSEWIC website - Short-tailed Albatross
COSEWIC Status report - Short-tailed albatross (2003):

Black-footed Albatross in Canada
COSEWIC website - Black-footed Albatross status assessment
COSEWIC Status report - Black-footed albatross (2007):
SARA Registry:

ii. National Plan of Action
Canada finalized a National Plan of Action (NPOA-Seabirds) in March 2007, and it is in revision as of March 2011.

iii. Recovery Plans
A joint Recovery and Management Plan was written for the Short-tailed Albatross and Pink-footed Shearwater in Canada.
Contact Ken Morgan, Canadian Wildlife Service, Chair: Recovery Team, for more information.


i. Status assessments
Arata, J.A., Sievert, P.R., and Naughton, M.B., 2009, Status assessment of Laysan and black-footed albatrosses, North Pacific Ocean, 1923–2005: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5131, 80 p. Download PDF (3 MB)

A copy of the assessment can be downloaded from:

This publication is also available in hardcopy and CD format. Contact Paul Sievert or Maura Naughton to request a copy. "Paul Sievert" or . Please cc: on all requests.

USFWS Focal Species Strategy for Migratory Birds - Guiding the "Action Plans" in progress

USFWS Laysan and Black-footed Albatrosses Action Plan, Version 1.0 (Oct 2007)

Or link to document here

ii. National Plan of Action
US National Plan of Action was completed in February 2001.

iii. Recovery Plans
USFWS Short-tailed Albatross Recovery Plan now available online Download Recovery Plan PDF (8 MB)
US Fish and Wildlife Service. 2008. Short-tailed Albatross Recovery Plan. Anchorage, AK. 105 p.


12/09/10 Short-tailed Albatross nested on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

The USFWS is considering a petition to list the Black-footed Albatross as threatened or endangered. Comments were accepted until Spetember 25, 2009. The 12 month finding should be coming out in 2011. Check

Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act (16 Jan 2009)
Draft legislation was submitted to a previous Congress for consideration, but the bill was not acted on, so it died and must be introduced again in the future for consideration.
16 Jan 2009: U.S. Dept of Interior News Release for “Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act of 2009”

5. Albatross Taxonomy

Albatross Taxonomy and Species Names. Several online resources exist:


ITIS Canada

AOU Checklist


Oceanwanderers: Annotated List of the Seabirds of the World