CCAMLR has previously recognized the importance of considering climate change impacts when making management decisions. However, to date this has not been explicitly incorporated in most working papers, even though climate change and ocean acidification are relevant to a wide range of policy decisions. Government bodies often require the inclusion of similar statements to be included with the submission of new or revised legislation or regulations when an issue has relevance to a broad spectrum of decisions. ASOC therefore recommends that CCAMLR adopt a resolution urging Members to include a climate change implications statement in their working papers and fisheries reports. This text could also be appended to Resolution 30/XXVIII.
Mr Doug Cooper (CCAMLR Secretariat)