This paper presents an update of the metrics of capacity and capacity utilisation presented in WG-SAM-14/19 and WG-FSA-15/09 in order to monitor trends in capacity in exploratory toothfish fisheries in Subareas 88.1 and 88.2. The updated metrics show the same pattern as the metrics based on the data up 2016 and do not indicate an excess capacity in the fishery. As indicated previously, based on a measure of potential daily fishing capacity and the catch limit for an area the notified fishing capacity in some management areas is in excess of the level that would allow the Secretariat to forecast and issue a timely closure notice using the current fishery forecasting procedure.
Dr Keith Reid (CCAMLR Secretariat)
Mr Andrew Wright (CCAMLR Secretariat)