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    Working Group on Incidental Mortality Associated with Fishing
    Hobart, Australia
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    Submissions Due
    Monday, 26 September 2011 - 00:00 Australia/Hobart (Working Group Paper)
    Meeting Report:
    e-sc-xxx-a08.pdf (201.2 KB)


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      Marine debris, entanglements and hydrocarbon soiling at Bird Island and King Edward Point, South Georgia, Signy Island, South Orkneys and Goudier Island, Antarctic Peninsula, 2010/11
      Delegation of the United Kingdom
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      Agenda and Annotated Agenda
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      List of Participants
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      List of Documents
      WG-IMAF-11/04 Rev. 1
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      Review of activities in monitoring marine debris in the CAMLR Convention Area
      WG-IMAF-11/05 Rev. 2
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      Summary of scientific observations in the CAMLR Convention Area for 2010/11
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      Summary of scientific observation related to Conservation Measures 24-02 (2008), 25-02 (2009) and 26-01 (2009)
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      Proposal to allow daytime setting of longlines between 15 and 30 April in the Patagonian toothfish longline fishery in CCAMLR Statistical Division 58.5.2
      I. Hay (Australia)
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      Proposal to trial daylight setting on longliners fishing for Dissostichus eleginoides for a 10 day period during the middle of winter during the fishing season in Subarea 48.3
      J. Brown (United Kingdom)
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      Proposal to amend the fishing season for longline vessels fishing for Dissostichus eleginoides in Subarea 48.3 and trial two further 5 day season extensions
      J. Brown (United Kingdom)
      WG-IMAF-11/10 Rev. 1
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      Assessment of the Action Plan aimed at reducing incidental catch of seabirds in the French EEZ included in the CCAMLR Division 58.5.1 and Subarea 58.6
      C. Marteau (France)
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      Report on seabird by-catch outside the CCAMLR Convention Area recorded in the South African fisheries
      C. Heineken and P. Mullins (South Africa)
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      Sighting of marine debris during aerial marine mammal surveys conducted in Antarctic waters in austral summer 2010/11
      L.S. Lehnert, K.-H. Kock and U. Siebert (Germany)
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      Report of the Fourth Meeting of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 22–24 August 2011
      B. Baker (ACAP Observer)
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      Report of the Breeding Sites Working Group and Status and Trends Working Group – Joint BSWG4/STWG6, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 25–26 August 2011
      B. Baker (ACAP Observer)


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      1     Appointment of 2011 Convener
      1.1     Opening of the meeting
      1.2     Welcome
      1.3     Adoption of the agenda, appointment of rapporteurs and subgroups
      2     Intersessional work of WG-IMAF

      Convener to report on intersessional work undertaken by WG-IMAF since 2009 as identified by WG-IMAF and the Scientific Committee.

      3     Incidental mortality of seabirds and marine mammals in fisheries in the Convention Area
      3.1     Seabirds

      WG-IMAF will consider a summary of estimates of overall by-catch and by-catch rates of seabirds (by vessels and by statistical area) during regulated fishing in the Convention Area and highlight issues of particular concern to WG-FSA and the Scientific Committee.  
      WG-IMAF will also undertake a review of the progress made to reduce seabird by catch in the French EEZs (SC-CAMLR-XXIX, paragraph 4.8).

      3.2     Marine mammals

      Incidental mortalities of marine mammals associated with fishing operations in the Convention Area will be reviewed.
      Information relating to the implementation of Conservation Measures 25-02, 25-03, 26-01, 24-02 and 51-01.
      WG-IMAF will discuss issues of the implementation and performance of Conservation Measures 25-02, 25-03, 24-02, 26-01 and 51-01 since 2010.  A summary of information submitted on the matter by scientific observers will be available to the group.  This will provide background information relevant to SCIC’s consideration of compliance with these conservation measures.

      4     Incidental mortality of seabirds and marine mammals in fisheries outside the Convention Area

      Review of mortality of seabirds during longline and trawl fishing outside the Convention Area based in information submitted by Members.  South Africa indicated that it planned to submit a paper on incidental mortalities of seabirds in its fisheries outside the Convention Area for the meeting (SC-CAMLR-XXVIII, paragraph 5.16).
      WG-IMAF will consider the findings of the ACAP SBWG with respect to seabird by catch rates in other fisheries.

      5     Incidental mortality of seabirds during IUU fishing in the Convention Area

      The Scientific Committee requested that Members submit reviews on the potential for gillnets to capture marine mammals and birds, based on experience in other domestic and international operations (SC-CAMLR-XXVIII, paragraph 5.18).

      6     Research into and experience with mitigation measures

      WG-IMAF will review new information relating to methods for mitigating seabird and marine mammal by-catch in fisheries, with special emphasis on those aspects and topics covered by Conservation Measures 25-02 and 25-03.
      The Ad Hoc Technical Group for At-Sea Operations (TASO) recommended that research be undertaken to see how electronic technologies can be used to monitor by catch and wildlife interactions (SC-CAMLR-XXIX, Annex 7, paragraph 4.32).  The group will review any work carried out by Members with a view to providing advice to the Scientific Committee on the appropriateness of using this technology.
      WG-IMAF will consider the findings of the ACAP SBWG with respect to mitigation measures used in other fisheries.

      7     Observer reports and data collection

      WG-IMAF will review its priorities for data collection and any implementation issues identified by scientific observers, including the utility of current data collected by observers on oiled birds (SC-CAMLR-XXIX, Annex 7, paragraph 4.3).

      8     Assessments of risk in CCAMLR subareas and divisions

      Following a request from the Scientific Committee, WG-IMAF will review the appropriateness of season extensions as outlined in Conservation Measure 42-02, particularly with regard to climate change and its potential impact on breeding phenology (SC-CAMLR-XXVIII, paragraph 5.25).

      9     Incidental mortality of seabirds in relation to new and exploratory fisheries

      The Scientific Committee requested that WG-IMAF and WG-FSA review whether the prohibition on offal and discarding of dead fish in Subarea 88.1 and exploratory fisheries south of 60°S continues to be required, given the risk status of those areas and the much improved compliance (SC-CAMLR-XVIII, paragraph 5.12).

      11     Advice
      12     Adoption of the report and close of the meeting