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The fishery for Antarctic krill - recent developments


Nicol, S and Foster, J and Kawaguchi, S, The fishery for Antarctic krill - recent developments, Fish and Fisheries, 13, (1) pp. 30-40. ISSN 1467-2960 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-2979.2011.00406.x


The fishery for Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) is the largest by tonnage in the Southern Ocean. The catch remained relatively stable at around 120 000 tonnes for 17 years until 2009, but has recently increased to more than 200 000 tonnes. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources precautionary catch limits for this species total over 8.6 million tonnes so it remains one of the oceanís largest known underexploited stocks. Recent developments in harvesting technology and in products being derived from krill indicate renewed interest in exploiting this resource. At the same time, there are changes in the Southern Ocean environment that are affecting both krill and the fishery. This paper summarizes the current state of this fishery and highlights the changes that are affecting it.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fishery, krill, Antarctica
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Other biological sciences
Research Field:Global change biology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Nicol, S (Dr Stephen Nicol)
UTAS Author:Foster, J (Dr Jacqueline Foster)
UTAS Author:Kawaguchi, S (Dr So Kawaguchi)
ID Code:79881
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:216
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2012-10-09
Last Modified:2013-04-26

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