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    A meta-analysis of by-catch in the Ross Sea toothfish fishery

    Request Meeting Document
    Document Number:
    WG-FSA-15/04 Rev. 1
    CCAMLR Secretariat
    Submitted By:
    Dr Keith Reid

    Following the recommendation of WG-FSA in 2014 the Secretariat has undertaken an analysis of bycatch in CCAMLR longline fisheries. The numerical target catch ratio (the number of target fish as a proportion of the total number of fish caught), using haul by haul data from the Ross Sea toothfish fishery from 2008 – 2014, was used as a single metric to examine the amount of bycatch reported by vessels. This analysis indicated that, as expected, differences in this index arose due to gear and location of fishing. However, there was also evidence of distinct differences in the mean (and distribution) in the index from two groups of Members flagged vessels, that together contribute 84% of the haul by haul data. These differences do not appear to be explained by differences in gear or location and are also apparent in the data reported by observers. However, the way in which observer sampling of bycatch is reported requires clarification. In order to further develop the analysis of bycatch it is essential to consider what additional factors need to be included in that analysis. This consideration should also review whether there have been any misinterpretations of the data, or the assumptions underlying the analysis, that may have led to errors in the results and subsequent interpretation. Correspondence from Members that have been active in CCAMLR longline fisheries on how the data on catch and bycatch are collected and reported is provided.