CCAMLR meetings address critical issues

The annual meeting of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee’s Working Group on Ecosystem Monitoring and Management (WG-EMM) took place in Fiskebäckskil, Sweden from 2 to 13 July 2001. Drs Andrew Constable and Steve Nicol from the AAD’s Antarctic Marine Living Resources Program attended the meeting. Progress was made on a number of fronts but the most significant development was the identification of a long-term program of work for the Group. The following were identified as priorities:

  • The identification of small-scale management units — breaking down the krill catch limits into smaller, more ecologically relevant, areas.
  • A review of the utility of CCAMLR’s ecosystem monitoring program (CEMP) — how do you translate changes in the populations of krill predators into management advice?
  • The development of predator-krill-environment models and fishery-krill-environment models.

A workshop on the small-scale management units was scheduled for the 2002 Working Group meeting and one on the utility of CEMP was scheduled for the 2003 Working Group meeting.

The annual meeting of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee’s Working Group on Fish Stock Assessment (WG-FSA) will take place in Hobart from 8 to 17 October 2001. WG-FSA will provide advice on critical issues such as management of new and exploratory fisheries, annual catch limits in established fisheries and seabird bycatch.

The annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources will be in Hobart from 22 October to 2 November 2001.