The 1991/92 fishery for Dissostichus eleginoides in Subarea 48.3
The 1991/92 longline fishery for Dissostichus eleginoides in Subarea 48.3 was open from 4 November 1991 to 10 March 1992. A total of 3 382 tonnes was taken by one Bulgarian, five Russian and eight Chilean vessels. The maximum catch taken in a five-day period was 375 tonnes. Catch rate was not influenced by fishing depth, time of day or soak time, but was dependent on type of hook and geographical position. Fish caught around Shag Rocks were larger than to the north and southeast of South Georgia. CPUE varied markedly among fleets and was about 1 kg/hook in the Chilean fleet, 0.2 to 0.4 in the Russian and 0.2 in the Bulgarian. These differences were probably a result of the different hook types used by the fleets.