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    Further computations of the consequences of setting the annual krill catch limit to a fixed fraction of the estimate of krill biomass from a survey

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    D.S. Butterworth, G.R. Gluckman, R.B. Thomson and S. Chalis (South Africa)
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    The results of Butterworth et al. (1992) relating potential krill yield to a pre-exploitation survey estimate of kril1 biomass are extended to incorporate most of the amendments specified by the Third and Fourth Meetings of Working Group on Krill. The most important of these extensions is integration over the ranges of uncertainty for a number of the model parameters. Results are provided for the probability of spawning biomass falling below various fractions of its median pre-exploitation level (Ksp), as a function of the fraction of the biomass estimate which is set as the catch for a 20-year period. Three alternative fishing seasons are considered. The model extensions requested by the Third Meeting make little difference to the results of Butterworth et al. (1992). Winter fishing is marginally preferable to a summer harvest. However, the imposition of an upper-bound of 1.5 yr-1 on the effective annual fishing mortality, as specified by the Fourth Meeting, results in marked reductions in the probabilities of krill spawning biomass falling below specified fractions of Ksp.