The Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, will today open the thirty-eighth annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).
In mid-July we welcomed Daphnis De Pooter to the Secretariat. Daphnis has relocated from Belgium to join us in Hobart in the role of Science Data Officer. This position is a new international post for the Secretariat as part of the 2019–2022 Strategic Plan. As part of the Science team, Daphnis will provide a key link between CCAMLR's databases and the scientists using the data.
During the meeting of WG-SAM in Concarneau, France, we were lucky enough to be able to join the Mayor of Concarneau and staff from the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) at an evening reception to celebrate the retirement of Prof. Guy Duhamel. Guy is a genuine CCAMLR legend, having first attended the Conference on the creation of CCAMLR in 1980 in Canberra, Australia.
In June 2019, the Secretariat welcomed Henrique Anatole to the role of Fisheries Monitoring and Compliance (FMC) Data Officer. Henrique and his family have relocated from Brazil to join the Secretariat here in Hobart.
On 31 May 2019, the Secretariat will farewell one of its long-serving, dedicated and well-respected staff Members, Ingrid Slicer.
Ingrid has taken the decision to leap into retirement, after more than 14 years of loyal service in her role as Compliance Administrator in the Fishery Monitoring and Compliance section of the Secretariat.
Last month the Secretariat welcomed Mr Gary Dewhurst to the role of Data Systems Analyst. Gary is an Electrical Engineer with 10+ years’ experience, specialising in Project Management Data Systems and has degrees in Engineering and Business Administration (MBA).
A toothfish tag has made its way back to CCAMLR in a very unusual way. The tag in question, A289770, which was released on a Patagonian toothfish in December 2015 around Prince Edward and Marion Islands, has managed to find its way over 6 700 km to the Western Australian coastline.
At CCAMLR-XXXVII, the CCAMLR community recognised Ecuador as a Non-Contracting Party (NCP) cooperating with CCAMLR though participation in the CDS.
At the 2018 Commission meeting, Spain was elected to the position of Chair for the 2019 and 2020 meetings. In accepting the appointment, Spain advised that Mr Fernando Curcio, the current Ambassador of Spain in New Zealand, would assume this role.
In a ceremony at the 7th meeting of the SPRFMO Commission in Wellington, New Zealand, an extension to the arrangement between CCAMLR and SPRFMO has been signed by the Commission Chair, Ambassador Fernando Curcio and the SPRFMO Chair, Mr Osvaldo Urrutia.
The arrangement solidifies the collaboration between CCAMLR and SPRFMO through the sharing of relevant data.