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CCAMLR’s precautionary approach to management focusing on Ross Sea toothfish fishery


Hanchet, S and Sainsbury, K and Butterworth, D and Darby, C and Bizikov, V and Godo, OR and Ichii, T and Kock, K-H and Abellan, LL and Vacchi, M, CCAMLR's precautionary approach to management focusing on Ross Sea toothfish fishery, Antarctic Science, 27, (4) pp. 333-340. ISSN 0954-1020 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Antarctic Science Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1017/S095410201400087X


Several recent papers have criticized the scientific robustness of the fisheries management system used by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), including that for Ross Sea toothfish. Here we present a response from the wider CCAMLR community to address concerns and to correct some apparent misconceptions about how CCAMLR acts to promote conservation whilst allowing safe exploitation in all of its fisheries. A key aspect of CCAMLR’s approach is its adaptive feedback nature; regular monitoring and analysis allows for adjustments to be made, as necessary, to provide a robust management system despite the statistical uncertainties inherent in any single assessment. Within the Ross Sea, application of CCAMLR’s precautionary approach has allowed the toothfish fishery to develop in a steady fashion with an associated accumulation of data and greater scientific understanding. Regular stock assessments of the fishery have been carried out since 2005, and the 2013 stock assessment estimated current spawning stock biomass to be at 75% of the pre-exploitation level. There will always be additional uncertainties which need to be addressed, but where information is lacking the CCAMLR approach to management ensures exploitation rates are at a level commensurate with a precautionary approach.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctic toothfish, CCAMLR, ecosystem, managing uncertainty, reference points, stock assessment
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Sainsbury, K (Professor Keith Sainsbury)
ID Code:118216
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2017-07-06
Last Modified:2017-11-04

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