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    Notification of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems in Statistical Area 58.4.1

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    Document Number:
    WG-EMM-08/38
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    Submitted by Australia
    Abstract

    Conservation Measure 22-06 was adopted to ensure that significant adverse impacts of bottom fishing gear on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) are avoided. In order to satisfy the requirements of CM 22-06 a method is proposed to notify CCAMLR of the presence of VMEs and their location using a simple pro-forma. Two VMEs identified during the Australian CEAMARC-CASO cruise are notified using this form from Statistical Area 58.4.1, SSRU H. The use of 5 nm buffer zones around the location of the observations is proposed to mitigate the risk of spatial uncertainty in the notified position and the deployment of bottom-fishing gear.

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