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    SC-CAMLR-41

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    Forty-first Meeting of the Scientific Committee
    Location:
    Hobart, Tasmania
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    Friday, 9 September 2022 - 09:00 Australia/Hobart (Working Paper)
    Saturday, 24 September 2022 - 09:00 Australia/Hobart (Background Paper)

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      Preliminary Agenda

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      1     Opening of the meeting

      The Chair of the Scientific Committee will open the meeting and welcome delegations of CCAMLR Members and observers. International organisations invited to the meeting are listed in Agenda Item 10.2. The organisation of the meeting, chairing and local arrangements will be discussed.

      1.1     Adoption of the agenda

      The Preliminary Agenda for the Forty-first meeting of the Scientific Committee was prepared and distributed in accordance with Rule 5 of the Scientific Committee’s Rules of Procedure.

      1.2     Chair’s report

      The Chair will report on intersessional activities undertaken since the Fortieth Meeting.

      2     Advances in statistics, assessments, modelling, acoustics and survey methods
      2.1     Statistics, assessments and modelling

      The Co-conveners of WG-SAM (Dr T. Okuda, Japan and Dr C. Péron, France) will present the 2022 WG-SAM report, noting that the outcomes of the deliberations of advice from WG-SAM will be further considered at the appropriate points in the agenda.

      2.1.1     Advice to the Commission

      The Scientific Committee will advise the Commission on matters of relevance to the development of statistics, assessments and modelling.

      2.2     Acoustic survey and analysis methods

      The Co-conveners of WG-ASAM (Dr S. Fielding, UK, and Dr X. Wang, China) will present the 2022 WG-ASAM report, noting progress with further consideration of the use of fishing vessels to collect acoustic data for use in estimating krill biomass and in developing local area and subarea biomass estimates for krill. The outcomes of the deliberations of WG-ASAM will be further considered at the appropriate points in the agenda.

      2.2.1     Advice to the Commission

      The Scientific Committee will advise the Commission on matters of relevance to acoustic data collection and survey methods.

      3     Harvested species
      3.1     Krill resources
      3.1.1     Status and trends

      Data reported for the current season, as well as any updates to the notifications for krill fisheries in the 2022/23 season will be presented, including relevant advice from working groups. Members will be invited to inform the Scientific Committee of updated information relating to those notifications, as well as any relevant developments and trends in krill fisheries in the Convention Area.

      3.1.2     Ecosystem effects of krill fishing

      The Convener of WG-EMM (Dr C. Cárdenas, Chile) will present the relevant sections of the 2022 WG-EMM report, noting the priority issues for WG-EMM in 2022 identified in the current Scientific Committee strategic plan. Advice relevant to harvesting of krill resources resulting from discussions of WG-IMAF will also be considered here.

      3.1.3     Advice to the Commission

      The Scientific Committee will provide scientific advice to the Commission in respect of krill resources.

      3.2     Fish resources
      3.2.1     Status and trends

      Data and related information for the current season will be presented, including relevant advice from WG-FSA. Members will be invited to inform the Scientific Committee of recent developments and trends in finfish fisheries in the Convention Area.

      3.2.2     Assessment of fish resources

      The Convener of WG-FSA (Mr S. Somhlaba, South Africa) will present the sections of the 2022 WG-FSA report dealing with the assessment of fish resources.

      3.2.2.1     Advice to the Commission

      The Scientific Committee will provide scientific advice to the Commission on catch limits in the 2022/23 season for assessed fisheries.

      3.2.3     New and exploratory finfish fisheries

      Fishing activities in exploratory fisheries in the 2021/22 season and notifications for new and exploratory fisheries in the 2022/23 season will be reviewed, taking into account the advice of the working groups.

      3.2.3.1     Progress towards assessments

      The Scientific Committee will review advice from working groups on the progress towards assessments in exploratory fisheries and research in other areas (including research conducted under Conservation Measure (CM) 24-01) designed to provide future assessments of Dissostichus spp.

      3.2.3.2     Advice to the Commission

      The Scientific Committee will provide scientific advice in relation to research in new, exploratory and other research fisheries.

      4     Scientific research exemption

      The Scientific Committee will consider the advice of WG-FSA and WG-SAM on scientific research conducted in the 2021/22 season under CM 24-01 (noting that such research related to Dissostichus spp. will be covered under Agenda Item 3.2.3.1). The Scientific Committee will consider proposals submitted under CM 24-01 to ensure all research proposed for the 2022/23 season is consistent with the intended purpose of the measure and is consistent with the requirements of CM 24-05.

      4.1     Advice to the Commission

      The Scientific Committee will provide scientific advice to the Commission on research conducted under CM 24-01 and reported under CM 24-05.

      5     Non-target catch and ecosystem impacts of fishing operations
      5.1     Fish and invertebrate by-catch

      By-catch data and related information for the current season will be presented. Members will be invited to inform the Scientific Committee of recent developments and trends in by catch from fisheries in the Convention Area.
      The Scientific Committee will consider the recommendations of the working groups on developments in fishing methods, mitigation options, education and other matters relevant to by-catch in CCAMLR fisheries.

      5.2     Incidental mortality of seabirds and marine mammals associated with fisheries

      The Co-conveners of WG-IMAF (Dr M. Favero, Argentina and Mr N. Walker, New Zealand) will present the relevant sections of the 2022 WG-IMAF report on incidental mortality of seabirds and marine mammals and related information, noting the issues detailed in the WG-IMAF terms of reference.

      5.3     Bottom fishing and vulnerable marine ecosystems

      The Scientific Committee will consider advice on the implementation of CMs 22-05, 22-06, 22-07, 22-08 and 22-09 and other matters pertaining to CCAMLR’s actions in respect of bottom fishing and vulnerable marine ecosystems.

      5.4     Marine debris

      The Scientific Committee will consider the occurrence and impact of marine debris, including any advice from WG-FSA in respect of reports of lost fishing gear in the Convention Area.

      5.5     Advice to the Commission

      The Scientific Committee will provide scientific advice to the Commission related to the impacts, mitigation measures and limits in place relating to non-target catch in CCAMLR fisheries.

      6     Spatial management of impacts on the Antarctic ecosystem
      6.1     Marine protected areas (MPAs)

      The Scientific Committee will consider scientific analysis relevant to the implementation of a representative system of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the CAMLR Convention Area, including the:

      6.1.1     Review of scientific analysis relevant to existing MPAs, including research and monitoring plans for MPAs
      6.1.2     Review of the scientific elements of proposals for new MPAs
      6.2     Other spatial management issues

      The Scientific Committee will consider other issues of spatial management (e.g. Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs)).

      6.3     Advice to the Commission

      The Scientific Committee will provide scientific advice to the Commission on scientific analysis relevant to the implementation of a representative system of MPAs in the CAMLR Convention Area.

      7     Climate change

      The Scientific Committee will consider advice from the working groups on the science required to inform management responses to climate change (SC-CAMLR-XXVII, paragraphs 7.12 to 7.15).

      7.1     Advice to the Commission

      The Scientific Committee will provide relevant scientific advice to the Commission on the impacts of climate change.

      8     Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Convention Area

      The Convener of WG-FSA will report on scientific information relevant to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activity in the Convention Area.
      The Scientific Committee will provide scientific advice to the Standing Committee on Implementation and Compliance (SCIC) and the Commission.

      9     CCAMLR Scheme of International Scientific Observation

      The Secretariat will summarise data received in accordance with the Scheme of International Scientific Observation in the 2021/22 season. The Conveners of the working groups will present relevant sections of their reports.
      The Scientific Committee will review recommendations for the operation of the scheme, including the scientific objectives and priorities for the deployment of CCAMLR international scientific observers during the 2022/23 season.

      9.1     Advice to the Commission

      The Scientific Committee will advise the Commission on matters of relevance to the implementation of the scheme and its objectives.

      10     Cooperation with other organisations
      10.1     Cooperation within the Antarctic Treaty System
      10.1.1     Committee for Environmental Protection

      The Scientific Committee will consider the report of the CEP Observer to SC-CAMLR on the ongoing collaboration on areas of common interest between CEP and SC-CAMLR.

      10.1.2     Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research

      The Scientific Committee will discuss cooperation with SCAR as well as the reports received from the SCAR Observer to CCAMLR.

      10.2     Reports of observers from other international organisations

      Reports will be received from representatives of international and non-governmental organisations present as Observers at the Scientific Committee meeting.
      Invitations to attend SC-CAMLR-41 (see SC-CIRC 22/58) were extended to the following intergovernmental organisations – ACAP, CCSBT, CEP, CITES, COMNAP, FAO, IATTC, ICCAT, IOC, INTERPOL, IUCN, IWC, RPOA-IUU, SCAR, SCOR, SEAFO, SIOFA, SOOS, SPRFMO, UNEP and WCPFC and the following non-governmental organisations – ARK, ASOC, COLTO, IAATO and Oceanites Inc.

      10.3     Reports of representatives at meetings of other international organisations

      Reports of meetings of other international organisations during the 2021/22 intersessional period will be received.

      10.4     Future cooperation

      The Scientific Committee will discuss the further development of cooperation with other international organisations and consider any proposals for cooperation received by the Scientific Committee under Agenda Items 10.1 to 10.3.
      The Scientific Committee will review invitations to representatives of international and non-governmental organisations to be present as Observers at the next meeting of the Scientific Committee.

      11     Scientific Committee activities
      11.1     Priorities for work of the Scientific Committee and its working groups

      The Scientific Committee will review the report of the Chair of the Scientific Committee on the SC-Symposium and develop its strategic work plan for 2023–2027.
      The priorities for the intersessional activities of the Scientific Committee in 2022/23 will be discussed and planned. This will include identifying the dates and venues for meetings of working groups and workshops, the timing of data submission to the Secretariat, and a schedule of agreed actions to be undertaken during the intersessional period by the Chair, conveners of working groups, Members and the Secretariat.

      11.2     Second Performance Review

      The Scientific Committee will consider its activities in light of the recommendations of the Second Performance Review and advise the Commission accordingly.

      11.3     CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships Scheme

      The Scientific Committee will receive an update on the progress of the current scholarship recipients and consider the outcomes of the selection process for the next year of the scholarship scheme.

      11.4     CEMP Special Fund

      The Scientific Committee will receive an update on the progress of CEMP Special Fund awards and consider the recommendations of the CEMP Special Fund Management Panel regarding evaluation of current research proposals.

      11.5     CCAMLR publication policy

      The Scientific Committee will consider the CCAMLR publication policy (SC-CAMLR-40, paragraphs 7.9, 8.2 and 8.3).

      11.6     Other administrative items

      The Scientific Committee will consider any other relevant administrative issues.

      11.7     Invitation of experts and observers to meetings of working groups

      On the basis of advice from working group conveners, and in accordance with Rule 2 of the Rules of Procedure of the Scientific Committee, the Scientific Committee will consider how invitations should be extended to invited experts and to representatives of international and non-governmental organisations to attend intersessional meetings of its working groups.

      11.8     Next meeting

      The Scientific Committee will consider the dates of its next meeting and the invitation of Observers to that meeting.

      12     Secretariat supported activities

      The Scientific Committee will consider the Secretariat’s report on work in support of the Scientific Committee during the 2021/22 intersessional period (see also Agenda Item 1.2) and will consider priorities for future work and requirements for the 2022/23 intersessional period as well as the Secretariat Strategic Plan and items identified for Secretariat work in the Scientific Committee Strategic Plan.

      13     Budget for 2022/23

      The financial implications of decisions taken during the meeting will be used to identify issues to be raised with the Standing Committee on Administration and Finance (SCAF) for funding during 2022/23. This should include the costs of ongoing projects and new proposals, including expenditure from Special Funds and other monies made available to the Scientific Committee as well as from the CCAMLR General Fund. Budgetary items that have implications for longer-term funding will also be reviewed. In developing its budget advice, the Scientific Committee will need to consider the working groups’ requirements for workshops and invited experts, and review the use of science-related special funds.

      14     Advice to SCIC and SCAF

      In accordance with established practice, the Chair will provide preliminary advice to SCAF and SCIC, and will receive advice on matters of relevance to the Scientific Committee from these standing committees, which will meet concurrently with the meeting of the Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee will provide the Commission with summaries of its recommendations to SCIC and SCAF.

      15     Election of Chair and Vice-Chair

      At the 2022 meeting of the Scientific Committee, Dr Welsford will complete his first meeting of the second two-year term as Scientific Committee Chair.
      The Scientific Committee will consider the position of Vice-Chair in accordance with Rule 8 of its Rules of Procedure. Dr A. Makhado (South Africa) was elected Vice-Chair in 2019 for the 2020 and 2021 meetings. This was extended an additional year in 2020 and he is currently the Senior Vice-Chair. Dr F. Schaafsma (Netherlands) was elected Vice-Chair in 2021 for the 2022 and 2023 meetings and is currently the Junior Vice-Chair.

      16     Other business

      The Scientific Committee will consider any other business.

      17     Adoption of report of the Forty-first Meeting

      The Scientific Committee will adopt the report of the Forty-first Meeting.

      18     Close of meeting.

      Preliminary Schedule (last updated: 5 July 2022)

      Week 1 (Sunday 23 to Friday 28 October)

      Conference Room

        Sunday
      23 October
      Monday
      24 October
      Tuesday
      25 October
      Wednesday
      26 October
      Thursday
      27 October
      Friday
      28 October
      0900–1030  

      Commission

      Opening plenary

      Scientific Committee
      3. Harvested species – Fish
      Scientific Committee
      7. Climate change
      Scientific Committee
      12. Secretariat supported activities
      13. Budget
      Scientific Committee Report
      1030–1100 Break
      1100–1230   Scientific Committee
      1. Opening
      2. Advances in statistics, assessments, acoustics and survey methods
      3. Harvested species – Krill
      Scientific Committee
      3. Harvested species – Fish
      4. Scientific research exemption
      Scientific Committee
      8. IUU fishing in the Convention Area

      Scientific Committee
      14. Advice SCIC and SCAF (reporting to SCAF Wednesday am, SCIC Wednesday pm)
      15. Election of Chair and Vice-Chairs
      16. Other business

      Scientific Committee Report
      1230–1400

                                                                                   Lunch

      1400–1530   Scientific Committee
      3. Harvested species – Krill
       
      Scientific Committee
      5. Non-target species
      Scientific Committee
      9. CCAMLR Scheme of International Scientific Observation
       
      Scientific Committee
      No meeting: Report preparation and review
      Scientific Committee Report
      1530–1600 Break
      1600–1730

       

      Scientific Committee
      3. Harvested species – Krill
      Scientific Committee
      6. Spatial management
      Scientific Committee
      10. Cooperation
      11. Scientific Committee activities
      Scientific Committee
      No meeting: Report preparation and review
      Scientific Committee Report
      Agenda topics – Scientific Committee   Opening, Statistics,
      Krill
      Fish, Research,
      Non-target species,
      Spatial management
      Climate change, IUU, Observation, Cooperation, SC activities Secretariat activities,
      Budget,
      Advice to SCIC and SCAF, Election of V-Chair,
      Other business
       
      Agenda topics – Commission  

      1 (Opening)
      2 (Organisation)

      SCAR lecture

             

       

      Wombat Room

        Sunday
      23 October
      Monday
      24 October
      Tuesday
      25 October
      Wednesday
      26 October
      Thursday
      27 October
      Friday
      28 October
      0900–1030     SCIC (SCIC CM Drafting) (SCIC CM Drafting) SCIC Report
      1030–1100 Break
      1100–1230   SCIC SCIC     SCIC Report
      1230–1400 Lunch
      1400–1530   SCIC SCIC SCIC SCIC SCIC Report
      1530–1600 Break
      1600–1730 1600 Commission Heads of Delegation
      followed by
      Scientific Committee Representatives
      SCIC SCIC SCIC SCIC SCIC Report

       

      SCAF Room

        Sunday
      23 October
      Monday
      24 October
      Tuesday
      25 October
      Wednesday
      26 October
      Thursday
      27 October
      Friday
      28 October
      0900–1030   Audience Audience SCAF SCAF SCAF Report
      1030–1100 Break
      1100–1230   Audience Audience SCAF SCAF SCAF Report
      1230–1400 Lunch
      1400–1530   Audience Audience Audience Audience Audience
      1530–1600 Break
      1600–1730   Audience Audience Audience Audience Audience

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Week 2 (31 October to 4 November)

      Conference Room (extended), Commission only

        Monday
      31 October
      Tuesday
      1 November
      Wednesday
      2 November
      Thursday
      3 November
      Friday
      4 November
      0900–1030 Commission plenary Commission plenary (CM drafting) (CM drafting) Commission Report
      1030–1100 Break
      1100–1230 Commission plenary Commission plenary (CM drafting) (CM drafting) Commission Report
      1230–1400 Lunch
      1400–1530 Commission plenary Commission plenary Commission plenary Commission plenary Commission Report
      1530–1600 Break
      1600–1730 Commission plenary Commission plenary (CM drafting) (Report preparation) Commission Report
      Agenda topics – Commission 3 (Objective),
      4 (Management of marine resources),
      5 (Spatial management)
      6 (Climate),
      7 (Implementation and compliance),
      8 (Observation), 9 (Conservation measures)
      9 (Conservation measure drafting),
      10 (Administration and Finance)
      9 (Conservation measure drafting),
      11 (Cooperation), 12 (Administration), 13 (Other business),
      14 (Report preparation)
      14 (Report adoption),
      15 (Close)

       

      Events

        Monday
      24 October
      Tuesday
      25 October
      Wednesday
      26 October
      Thursday
      27 October
      Friday
      28 October
      1900–

      Informal opening get-together
      (Town Hall)

        ASOC function
      (to be confirmed)
         
                 
                 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

        Monday
      31 October
      Tuesday
      1 November
      Wednesday
      2 November
      Thursday
      3 November
      Friday
      4 November
      1900– ARK function
      (to be confirmed)