The 2017 meeting of the Subgroup on Acoustic Survey and Analysis Methods (SG‑ASAM) was held at the Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNML), Qingdao, China, from 15 to 19 May 2017.
The priority area of work was to establish an automated method for processing acoustic data, collected by commercial krill fishing vessels, that can provide estimates of krill density as well as ecologically very useful descriptions of krill swarm dynamics.
CCAMLR’s Science Manager, Dr Keith Reid, attended the meeting and found it to be very productive.
‘Unlocking the science potential of the acoustic data collected by krill fishing vessels is a major (and innovative) advance for CCAMLR and one of the key challenges now is how to provide either an incentive, or a requirement, for krill fishing vessels to take time away from fishing and collect more acoustic data,’ said Dr Reid.
China’s hosting of the Meeting provided an opportunity for greater participation by Chinese acousticians. China recognised the value of increased attendance and engagement in the work of CCAMLR that was provided to its nationals.
'Hopefully this will provide encouragement for other krill fishing nations to host future SG-ASAM meetings,' said Dr Reid.
Dr Reid also gave a presentation on CCAMLR (and China’s role in CCAMLR) to the QNML and gave an interview with journalists from Xinhua News Agency and China Daily.
QNML have just signed a partnership arrangement with Australia’s CSIRO and the deputy director of QNML was in Hobart on 22 May 2017 to sign the agreement. The Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR), a joint venture principally between CSIRO and QNML, will begin operating in June 2017.
Setting up CSHOR is a clear indicator that China is keen to establish collaborations both internally and internationally. The deputy director of QNML is enthusiastic for China’s contribution to CCAMLR to be a part of this.