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    Summary of incidental mortality associated with fishing activities collected in scientific observer and vessel data during the 2020 and 2021 seasons

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    Document Number:
    SC-CAMLR-40/BG/23
    Author(s):
    CCAMLR Secretariat
    Submitted By:
    Mr Isaac Forster (CCAMLR Secretariat)
    Approved By:
    Dr David Agnew (CCAMLR Secretariat)
    Abstract

    This paper summarises data collected by Scheme of International Scientific Observation observers and vessels, of incidental interactions between fishing vessels, seabirds and marine mammals during fishing activities undertaken during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The extrapolated total of 44 seabirds caught in 2020 is the lowest on record for CCAMLR fisheries. Three humpback whales were recorded as incidental mortalities in krill fisheries in 2021, the first mortality records for this species.

    This paper was originally contributed as WG-FSA-2021/04 Rev. 1 which included data submitted by 23 August 2021. Upon request from WG-FSA-2021 (paragraph 6.5) it was revised with details on extrapolated warp strikes per vessel presented in Table 3 for consideration by the Scientific Committee. The paper includes additional data from krill trawl fisheries submitted by 23 September 2021.

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