Depredation is experienced by several fisheries within the CCAMLR Area, however not all fisheries have a data collection programme that is sufficiently long established, or detailed, to allow for model estimation of the lost catch. A new method was developed in 2014 that used an observed change in ratios of toothfish to grenadiers on depredated longlines, and proved to estimate losses similarly to a depredation model. Here this method was adapted for Subarea 48.3 and compared to the outputs from an alternative long-standing model estimation approach feeding into the CASAL assessment for toothfish. The new method performed similarly to the established method both in estimating total losses, and identifying spatial patterns.
Dr Marta Söffker (European Union)
Dr Chris Darby (United Kingdom)