The stock size for a research block (5842_1) was estimated by the CPUE x seabed analogy method using updated CCAMLR C2 data and reference area sizes.
As we proposed at the last WG-SAM meeting, since we have yet to obtain enough evidence to estimate plausible stock size, and accordingly have yet to estimate appropriate catch limit, we propose to continue the current research operation for at least 3 years with the same sample size as decided at the last CCAMLR meeting in the current research block, in order to promote successful stock assessment. On the other hand, we preliminarily estimated a sample size for 2014/15 using the CPUE analogy method for block 5842_1. The result of calculation was consistent with the current sample size.
In addition, we propose to allow flexibility in cases of research operations under extraordinary adverse ice-conditions, as detailed in in the research plans for Subarea 48.6 in WG-SAM-14/01 (2014) and WG-FSA-14/XX (2014).