The delegation of Germany has submitted the scientific background and justification for the development of a marine protected area in the Weddell Sea planning area. In accordance with the recommendations by WG-EMM-14 (SC-CAMLR-XXXIII, Annex 6), this was done in three separate documents (SC-CAMLR-XXXIV/BG/15, /BG/16 and /BG/17).
The Scientific Committee is invited to note that:
- Parts A and B of this scientific background are finalised, subject to final editorial corrections and changes;
- Part C will be further improved and extended, inter alia in the light of the recommendations made at WG-EMM 15 (report, preliminary version 2015). A further developed document will be presented to WG-EMM in 2016 with a view for the Scientific Committee to approve Part C at its meeting in 2016.
The Scientific Committee is invited to review and evaluate the documents (SC-CAMLR-XXXIV/BG/15, /BG/16 and /BG/17) and to agree that the information contained in Parts A and B represent best available science.