The second CCAMLR Performance Review Panel in 2017 recommended that the “relationship between krill and whales may need greater attention” (CCAMLR-XXXVI/01). There have recently been significant advancements in the understanding of the status of whales, much of scientific and management relevance to CCAMLR. As CCAMLR works to progress management of the krill fishery and develops a network of marine protected areas (MPAs), it is crucial to incorporate information on whale ecology including foraging distribution, abundance and behavior into SC-CAMLR advice and CCAMLR conservation measures.
ASOC therefore recommends that CCAMLR:
• Consider the most recent and best available science on the foraging needs of baleen whales including humpback, fin, sei, blue and minke whales in krill fisheries management and MPA design.
• Increase formal cooperation and knowledge sharing between CCAMLR and International Whaling Commission (IWC) scientists, including inviting IWC-SORP (Southern Ocean Research Programme) participation in SC-CAMLR meetings.
• Conduct a joint CCAMLR / IWC Workshop to agree on a common agenda for further studies, cooperation and data sharing for the Southern Ocean to allow for the inclusion of whales in CEMP.
• Assist in the collection and analysis of data to inform management and mitigation of vessel impacts on marine mammals including avoidance planning by ships operating in Antarctic waters.