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    Delegation of the USA

    Improvement of krill fishing notification accuracy through notification fees
    Delegation of the United States
    The Commission adopted notification procedures for krill fishing in 2005. These procedures
    were intended to improve the Scientific Committee’s ability to provide advice to the
    Commission on krill fishing for the coming season. However, grossly inaccurate estimations
    of krill catch provided in Members’ notifications have hampered the Scientific Committee’s
    ability to properly estimate the seasonal krill catch and to provide robust scientific advice.
    Instead, the Scientific Committee’s scarce and valuable time is spent on analyses that are of
    limited use due to their inherent inaccuracies. The Scientific Committee has expressed
    concern, and the Commission has discussed several times, the lack of accuracy of the
    The Commission has also noted that the Secretariat incurs an administrative cost when it
    processes krill fishing notifications, including notifications from vessels that end up not
    fishing. These administrative steps and costs are no different from the more familiar
    expenses incurred in processing notifications for Dissostichus spp. fisheries. The
    Dissostichus spp. notification processing fees are necessary to maintain a level budget for the
    Commission without rising operational and administrative costs, an issue of much concern to
    all Commission Members. Not surprisingly, the CCAMLR Performance Review Panel also
    considered the need for cost-recovery for CCAMLR’s administrative costs beyond the
    Dissostichus spp. fishery: “ 2. ... develop a cost-recovery policy which would be
    applied to all commercial fishing operations...”
    At CCAMLR’s 2009 Annual Meeting, the SCIC considered a proposal to address cost
    recovery for processing krill fishing notifications. The Members considered a variety of
    options including elements that would restrict fishing for those vessels that notified but did
    not ultimately fish, changes to the Member contribution formula, and a fee system associated
    with notifications. In the course of discussions, it was noted that the Secretariat recoups its
    costs for processing Dissostichus spp. fishery notifications and that the cost would be
    approximately the same to process each krill fishing notification. While the SCIC was unable
    to reach agreement on how best to recover the Secretariat’s costs for processing krill fishing
    notifications, the discussions generally revealed that whatever method is applied, the
    CCAMLR Secretariat’s funds were becoming increasingly scarce and that they would benefit
    from some sort of compensatory regime. The discussion did not lead to an agreement on how
    to address the cost recovery idea, and the issue was left open for discussion in 2010.