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).
The Governor will welcome some 300 marine scientists, resource managers and policy makers representing 26 international delegations, who will review current practice and consider new measures to conserve and manage marine ecosystems in the Southern Ocean. In October 2019 the Kingdom of the Netherlands became the 26th Member of the Commission.
Representatives from other Contracting Parties as well as intergovernmental, environmental and industry organisations will also participate in the meetings as official observers, adding their voices to the issues under discussion.
CCAMLR is a consensus-based organisation consisting of 26 Members (25 countries and the European Union). The Commission meeting will be chaired by Ambassador Fernando Curcio Ruigomez, Spanish Ambassador to New Zealand.
The Commission meeting considers advice from its Scientific Committee which has supported the meetings of several expert specialist groups throughout the year. The Scientific Committee will once again be chaired by Dr Mark Belchier from the United Kingdom.
'At this year’s meetings of the Scientific Committee and Commission, CCAMLR Members will continue to work collaboratively to find mutually acceptable outcomes to a range of challenges to take CCAMLR’s management of the Southern Ocean into the future,' said Dr Belchier.
2019 saw the completion of a large-scale survey for krill undertaken through the cooperation of a number of CCAMLR Members and included the participation of the krill fishing industry. Scientific research vessels and fishing vessels specifically equipped with the scientific instrumentation were involved in the survey which took place in the South Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. CCAMLR’s Subgroup on Acoustic Survey and Analysis Methods has reported that the size of the krill stock in the South Atlantic determined by the survey was 62.6 million tonnes. This is very similar to the krill stock size of 60 million tonnes determined by the last large-scale survey in 2000.
Once again this year CCAMLR reports very little evidence of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and low levels of seabird mortality from by-catch. These successes are attributed to the development of effective management measures developed by CCAMLR and the cooperation shown by CCAMLR Members in implementing them. A key proposal at this year’s meetings is to modernise the marine debris program that will allow quantification of marine debris levels across the Convention Area.
Since 1982, with the support of the Tasmanian State and Australian Commonwealth Governments, the CCAMLR Secretariat has been located in Hobart, where it maintains an office of 26 staff. The annual meetings of CCAMLR provide a valuable contribution to the intellectual and economic life of Hobart.
Phone: +61 3 6210 1168 (direct) or ext. 1111 (reception)
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