The Co-conveners will welcome participants and provide an overview of the available support facilities and the objectives for the workshop.
The terms of reference for the workshop are to prepare a Ross Sea region MPA Research and Monitoring Plan (RMP) for consideration by the Scientific Committee and its working groups and introduction to the Commission in 2017, by:
Identifying research activities required to deliver, over the period that the Ross Sea region MPA remains in force, the scientific knowledge sufficient to allow the Scientific Committee to evaluate results arising from research and monitoring activities and provide advice to the Commission, in accordance with paragraphs 17 and 18 of CM 91-05.
Proposing revisions, if appropriate, to the priority elements of the RMP identified in Annex 91-05/C.
Providing advice for evaluating the effectiveness of the Ross Sea region MPA, including establishing a timeline to collect baseline data and identifying indicators and parameters needed to determine the degrees to which the specific objectives of the MPA are being achieved.
Summarising opportunities to update and extend existing scientific research and potential opportunities for collaborative research relevant to the RSRMPA.
Developing a work plan to ensure ongoing review of the RMP so that it remains current and relevant.
The two major outputs from the workshop will be:
- a Conveners’ Report to provide a brief summary of the discussion and presentations given at the workshop, and would reflect any comments or points of view from the workshop that may need to be considered at CCAMLR's working groups or Scientific Committee meetings
- a draft RMP that is based on the discussions at the workshop.