The Commission and the Scientific Committee cooperate with intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations for mutual benefit. Cooperation may be informal or, as appropriate, by formal agreement.
CCAMLR maintains mutually beneficial relations with a wide range of other multilateral organisations, industry associations and civil society. Article XXIII of the CAMLR Convention provides that:
- The Commission and the Scientific Committee shall co-operate with the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties on matters falling within the competence of the latter.
- The Commission and the Scientific Committee shall co-operate, as appropriate, with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and with other Specialised Agencies.
- The Commission and the Scientific Committee shall seek to develop co-operative working relationships, as appropriate, with inter-governmental and nongovernmental organisations which could contribute to their work, including the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research and the International Whaling Commission.
- The Commission may enter into agreements with the organisations referred to in this Article and with other organisations as may be appropriate. The Commission and the Scientific Committee may invite such organisations to send observers to their meetings and to meetings of their subsidiary bodies.
Each year non-Contracting Parties possibly involved in the landing and/or trade of toothfish are invited to cooperate with CCAMLR through voluntarily implementing the Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS).
Non-Contracting Parties voluntarily participating in CCAMLR's CDS include:
- Ecuador (2018)
Non-Contracting Parties with limited CDS access:
- Singapore (2018) has been granted ongoing limited access to CCAMLR's eCDS to verify export documents and issue re-export documents.
- Mexico (2021) has been granted limited access to CCAMLR's eCDS to verify export documents and issue re-export documents.
The Commission and the Scientific Committee cooperate with the following intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, including through participation, as observers, in each others' meetings (MOUs and Arrangements are available in English only):
- Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) (MoU ACAP (171.3 KB))
- Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) (Arrangement CCSBT (1.02 MB))
- Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP)
- Convention for the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
- Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS)
- United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
- Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)
- Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)
- Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
- International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
- International Whaling Commission (IWC)
- Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
- Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)
- South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO) (Arrangement SEAFO (962.06 KB) – Arrangement Companion Document (76.53 KB))
- Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC)
- South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) (Arrangement SPRFMO (480.56 KB))
- Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) (Arrangement SIOFA (101.93 KB) – Arrangement Companion Document (76.53 KB))
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) (Arrangement WCPFC (1.08 MB)).
The Commission also cooperates with the:
- Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)
- Association of Responsible Krill harvesting companies (ARK)
- Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators (COLTO).
CCAMLR is a:
- member of the Coordinating Working Party on Fisheries Statistics (CWP)
- partner in the Fishery Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS)
- partner in the project on Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation of Deep-sea Living Marine Resources and Ecosystems in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ Deep Seas Project).
The CCAMLR Secretariat Data Centre engages in a number of Partnerships.
The Secretariat has established a collaborative arrangement with the University of Tasmania, as a member of the International Antarctic Institute (IAI), and ACAP to support students and early career professionals’ work on Antarctic and Southern Ocean initiatives.