The end of the 2014/15 season will see the completion of the third year of the multi-year research plan being jointly undertaken by Japan and South Africa in Subarea 48.6. The progress report presented at WG-SAM-15 (WG-SAM-15/50) has not been updated for WG-FSA as neither of the vessels undertaking the research returned to the study area over the winter.
WG-SAM-15 requested that a summary of the data collected over the past three years be prepared for WG-FSA-15. As the fishery related information such as distribution of effort, catch and tag releases and recaptures are already available in documents tabled at WG-SAM-15 (WG-SAM-15/06 and WG-SAM-15/50), this paper concentrates on summarising the biological data that has been collected. We also report on the otoliths from the Subarea that have been read.