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    Continuing research in the Dissostichus mawsoni exploratory fishery in East Antarctica (Divisions 58.4.1 and 58.4.2) from 2022/23 to 2025/26; Research plan under CM21-02, paragraph 6(iii)

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    Delegations of Australia, France, Japan, Republic of Korea and Spain
    Представлено (имя):
    Dr Philippe Ziegler (Австралия)
    Утверждено (имя):
    Dr Philippe Ziegler (Австралия)

    Exploratory fishing for Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni) in East Antarctica (Divisions 58.4.1 and 58.4.2) began in 2003. While preliminary integrated stock assessments have been developed for these Divisions, robust estimates of stock biomass and precautionary catch limits according to CCAMLR decision rules remain to be determined.

    In 2016, WG-FSA-16/29 outlined the first multi-member research plan for the exploratory toothfish fishery in East Antarctica up to 2017/18, and the Scientific Committee agreed that this plan was appropriate to achieve the research objectives (SC-CAMLR-2016 para. 3.244). The updated multi-member research plan was again supported by the Scientific Committee in 2017 (SC-CCAMLR-2017 para. 3.117). Research progress including the evaluation of standard approaches to identify precautionary catch limits and bycatch mitigation suggested a low risk profile for this fishery.

    In 2018, WG-FSA-18/59 presented a new proposal for a multi-member research plan for this exploratory toothfish fishery from 2018/19 to 2021/22. This proposal was a continuation of the previous research plan without changes to the research design, however the Scientific Committee could not reach consensus on this research plan due to the proposed use of different gear types in Division 58.4.1. Since then, exploratory fishing under this research plan has been conducted in Division 58.4.2 by two members using autoline, but no exploratory fishing for toothfish has been allowed in Division 58.4.1.

    In 2022, a new research plan was proposed for 2022/23 to 2025/26, in accordance with Annex 24-01/A Format 2, to continue research in the exploratory fishery in Divisions 58.4.1 and 58.4.2 (WG-SAM-2022/04). The spatial design of this plan was reviewed in WG-SAM-2022/09. This plan has been designed again as a 4-year plan, based on the low risk profile of this fishery and to allow more time for review of stock assessments by Working Groups in ‘non-assessment’ years.

    The paper presents an update of the plan in WG-SAM-2022/04, with small operational changes (including a vessel replacement) and changes to the spatial design of fishing hauls in some research blocks in Division 58.4.1 which revert to an effort-limited approach due to the lack of fishing and any resulting data from the last five fishing seasons.