Over 30 participants, representing 13 CCAMLR Members, participated in the first Scheme of International Scientific Observation (SISO) Workshop, held at the Palacio San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina from 3 to 7 July.
The workshop focused on the types of data that are collected by Scientific Observers on fishing vessels and operational issues observers frequently encounter when collecting SISO information. Participants reported that the workshop was extremely beneficial, as it allowed a dedicated period to understanding and revising one of CCAMLR's most important data gathering programs.
SISO Coordinator, Isaac Forster, has returned to Hobart feeling very positive about the outcomes of the workshop.
“For the first time, a dedicated meeting has been held for Members to discuss and understand the challenges that observers face when collecting data,” said Mr Forster.
“Participants proposed ways to improve both the information collected by the Scheme and the materials and methods by which observers collect and report the data,” he said.
The outcomes of the workshop will be a revised set of data collection methods and materials which will be much easier for observers to use. These will ensure CCAMLR continues to improve the management of marine living resources in the Southern Ocean.