At its recent meeting, the Scientific Committee agreed that, as the CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships Scheme was such a successful way of developing capacity in the working groups and in the Scientific Committee, there would an additional call for scholarship applications with a deadline for applications by 29 March 2019. This deadline was chosen to allow recipients to have sufficient time to organise attendance at the 2019 mid-year working group meetings scheduled for June/July in France.
So if you think that you (or someone you know) could contribute to the following research priorities for CCAMLR, then contact your Scientific Committee Representative and get your application:
- research into krill population dynamics and ecosystem modelling to support the management of the krill fishery
- the use of fishing vessels to collect acoustics data on the abundance and distribution of krill
- science to support the development of approaches to spatial management, including marine protected areas
- integrated stock assessments for fisheries in areas without such assessments
- data-limited methods for toothfish biomass estimation and stock assessment
- models to assess the spatial overlap of longline fisheries and the distribution of tagged fish.
The CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships Scheme is a unique mechanism for scientists to learn about the processes involved in delivering their research into the conservation and management of Southern Ocean living resources. In promoting this additional call for scholarships, Dr Keith Reid, CCAMLR Science Manager, said ‘Building the capacity for CCAMLR to remain at the forefront of science-based management is crucial. Increasing the diversity of engagement in the scientific work of CCAMLR and also seeing former recipients of CCAMLR scientific scholarships taking on leading roles in the Scientific Committee is a marvellous endorsement of the Scheme.’