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    REVIEW OF CCAMLR ACTIVITIES ON MONITORING MARINE DEBRIS IN THE CONVENTION AREA

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    Document Number:
    WG-IMAF-09/08
    Author(s):
    Secretariat
    Abstract

    CCAMLR Members monitor beached debris, entanglement of marine mammals, marine debris associated with seabird colonies and animals contaminated with hydrocarbons at a number of sites, primarily in Area 48. Overall non-fishing debris items (mostly packaging items) have made up the majority of debris reported from monitoring sites. Relatively large amounts of fishing items have been reported at Bird Island, South Georgia over the last 10 years, but only small amounts from the other sites. Plastic packaging bands have been found regularly at sites monitored for beach debris and entangled on fur seals, despite their prohibition (for securing bait boxes) or restricted use (other plastic packaging bands) in Conservation Measure 26-01. Since 1991, data on entanglements of Antarctic fur seals has been received from 3 Members for 4 different sites, however only two of these sites have reported data for consecutive seasons. The most common entangling materials were plastic packaging bands, synthetic string/longline and fishing nets. The Wandering albatross has more debris reported from its colonies than any other species monitored at Bird Island with the majority of debris items being fishing lines and hooks. A total of 67 cases of hydrocarbon soiling for 8 species of seabirds, and 1 species of seal, have been reported to the Secretariat. The Wandering albatross is the most frequently recorded and the most common type of soiling agent was oil. The last ten years of data show fluctuation in the occurrence of marine debris at any of the sites monitored. The 2009 season reported lower amounts of debris at all sites, except King George Island. The Secretariat encourages all Members who collect marine debris information to submit it for inclusion in the CCAMLR Marine Debris database.

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