The issue of observer coverage in krill fisheries has been the subject of extensive discussion at the Commission for a number of years, as the krill fishery is the only CCAMLR fishery that does not require 100% observer coverage. The Secretariat analysed the level of observer coverage for the past five years comparing the number of days of fishing conducted by vessels in the krill fleet, with the number of days observers were present on vessels as this is a consistent metric that can be applied fleet wide, regardless of fishing method. The results show a 90% level of observer coverage across the krill fleet, spanning all subareas and seasons.
Dr Keith Reid
Mr Andrew Wright (CCAMLR Secretariat)