Available data on the by-catch of Rajiformes was extracted from the CCAMLR database. These records included commercial catch data as well as observer data. Spatial distribution and biological data was broadly consistent with current literature although there were indications of larger spatial ranges for some species. The data collected as part of CCAMLR fisheries represents a very substantial repository of information on Southern Ocean Rajiformes; realising the full potential of this data will require a review of the consistency and accuracy of identification of taxa and this might be a useful for a future focus topic in the SISO.
Mr Doug Cooper (CCAMLR Secretariat)