Pink-footed shearwater (Puffinus creatopus) COSEWIC assessment and status report: chapter 10

Existing Protection or Other Status

The Pink-footed Shearwater is listed as Vulnerable under criterion D2 by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). The species is included in Appendix 1 of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wildlife Animals.

The Juan Fernandez Archipelago was declared a Chilean National Park in 1935, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1977, and is included in the World Heritage List (Schlatter 1984, Guicking and Fiedler 2000). In the late 1980s Isla Mocha was declared a national reserve (Reserva Nacional Isla Mocha). Both areas are managed by the Corporacion Nacional Forestal (CONAF) (Bourne et al. 1992, Guicking 1999). The status of these islands serves as indirect protection, in that the designations were made on the basis of habitat preservation in general. The current status of the Pink-footed Shearwater in Chile is ‘Deficient’ (Schlatter 2002).

The Pink-footed Shearwater is ranked by the Nature Conservancy as follows:

  • Global Heritage Status Rank: G1G2Q (20 Nov 1996)
  • Rounded Global Heritage Status Rank: G1
  • National Heritage Status Rank – United States: NZN (5 Jan 1997)
  • National Heritage Status Rank – Canada: NZN (22 Jan 2001)
  • Sub-national Heritage Status Rank – United States: Alaska (S2N), Oregon (SZN), Washington (S4N)
  • Sub-national Heritage Status Rank – Canada: British Columbia (SZN)

In Canada, the Pink-footed Shearwater is a regular summer visitor to the offshore waters along the west coast of Vancouver Island (Hatler et al. 1978, K. Morgan et al. 1991, H. Holmes pers. comm. 2003). The species is infrequently observed in marine waters around Haida Gwaii in spring and summer (Harfenist et al. 2002).

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