The Prince of Wales had raised concerns about the plight of the albatross for some time. One of the main reasons for their decline was thought to be due to Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing.
The Prince of Wales wrote to the then Fisheries Minister, following a letter about the work of the High Seas Task Force (HSTF). The HSTF emerged in 2003 from the Round Table on Sustainable Development. This committee of ministerial representatives from a small group of countries was formed to address the issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing on the high seas, a practice which was adversely affecting albatross numbers.