FOR AMENDMENT TO THE CCAMLR CONSERVATION MEASURE
10-04 TO INCLUDE KRILL VESSELS IN VMS REPORTING
The importance of krill within the Antarctic ecosystem is widely recognised. CCAMLR
Members acknowledge the need of ensuring a sustainable fishing activity on krill and the
durability of this resource, especially given that the possible increase of the krill fishery,
including significantly increased catches, is a potential threat to the Antarctic ecosystem.
Vessel Monitoring System, a system used to detect and monitor the movements of vessels, is
nowadays a standard tool of fisheries monitoring and control worldwide enabling better
control and surveillance and effective spatial monitoring of the fishery. While all vessels of
CCAMLR Contracting Parties are due to be equipped with a VMS device, the Contracting
Parties are exempt from forwarding VMS reports and messages received from their krill
vessels to the CCAMLR Secretariat (CM 10-04 para 10 and onwards). The Contracting
Parties are obliged to comply with this requirement for all other CCAMLR fisheries, with
exceptions for vessels licensed under French and South African domestic law in the EEZs
surrounding Kerguelen, Crozet and Prince Edward Islands.
Amongst many recommendations of the CCAMLR Performance Review Report concerning
krill fishery, the Performance Review Panel noted that "the reporting and monitoring
requirements of the krill fishery are much weaker than those for the finfish fisheries, and
especially for the new or exploratory finfish fisheries" and therefore agreed with the Scientific
Committee suggestions that "monitoring and reporting of the krill fishery should be made
consistent with the requirements of other CCAMLR fisheries".