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    Revision of the precautionary approach to ensuring the rational use of a living resource (Dissostichus eleginoides) in CCAMLR Subarea 48.3

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    Delegation of the Russian Federation
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    Dr Svetlana Kasatkina (Russian Federation)
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    Dr Svetlana Kasatkina (Russian Federation)

    Fishing for Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) in Subarea 48.3 has been carried out without interruption for over 40 years, with more than 25 years under CCAMLR management.

    This paper discusses the observed long-term decline in the length composition of D. eleginoides in longline catches in Subarea 48.3 (Antarctic Atlantic, FAO Area 48.3). It is noted that the longline fishery in Subarea 48.3 has targeted immature fish less than 100 cm in length since the early 2000s. Unsustainable use of the Patagonian toothfish stock in Subarea 48.3 is discussed.