The regulatory framework for CCAMLR-managed fisheries is designed so that fishing does not expand faster than the acquisition of information necessary to ensure that each fishery meets the Commission's long-term management objectives. The framework recognises five types of fisheries:
- biological data (including species distribution and abundance) and fishery data are not available, or data from the two most recent fishing seasons have not been submitted to CCAMLR
- notification is required prior to fishing (Conservation Measure 21-01)
- becomes an exploratory fishery after the first year of fishing.
- not allowed to expand faster than the acquisition of information necessary for managing the fishery within CCAMLR’s management objectives
- notification and permission are required prior to fishing (Conservation Measure 21-02)
- remains an exploratory fishery until sufficient information is available on appropriate catch and effort levels and the potential impacts on dependent and related species.
- appropriate time series of data to support a comprehensive stock assessment and evaluation of a management strategy
- notification and permission are required prior to fishing for krill (Conservation Measure 21-03), and are optional for other target species.
- fishing operations have ceased due to commercial considerations and assessments are no longer current.
- directed fishing on the target species is prohibited.