ARK update, December 2016

ARK is now a well-established player in the work of CCAMLR and is now considered the best source of information on the general operation and requirements of the krill fishing industry. The ability of the industry to act swiftly and in advance of the CCAMLR decision-making process is now appreciated. The task of ARK in the year ahead is to build on its successful participation in CCAMLR-XXXV which was held in October 2016. Due to this success and the initiatives it has undertaken, ARK members will continue to strongly encourage those krill fishing companies which have not yet joined the association, to become active participants in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the krill fishery.

During CCAMLR-XXXV, ARK met with scientists from many member countries and discussed topics such as fishery and operational information, management options, economics and products, potential expansion of the fishery. ARK also discussed the protocols and procedures for collecting acoustic data from fishing vessels using the calibration kits it had already agreed to provide for use by its members.

The major outcomes of CCAMLR-XXXV of relevance to ARK were:

  • Revision of Conservation Measure (CM) 51-06 to include a staged transition to 100% observer coverage in the krill fishery by 2020/21.
  • Agreement to develop a new method for catch reporting for the continuous fishing system.
  • A one-season trial is to be carried out on any krill trawl vessel using a net monitoring cable with the results to be reported to SC-CAMLR to further evaluate the safety of the use of this cable.
  • CM 51-07, apportioning the trigger level in the South Atlantic to the various subareas, was extended until 2020/21. Although agreement was not reached on changing the proportions of the trigger level between subareas, it was agreed that the measure should be replaced following advice from SC-CAMLR, but if no agreement was reached, the measure should expire by the end of the 2020/21 fishing season.
  • The requirements of CM 51-04, the general measure for exploratory fisheries for E. superba, were carried forward to 2016/17 to provide guidance to CCAMLR Members who may wish to notify for these exploratory fisheries.
  • Adoption of CM 24-04 facilitating the establishment of time-limited Special Areas for Scientific Study in newly exposed marine areas following ice-shelf retreat or collapse in Subareas 48.1, 48.5 and 88.3.
  • Adoption of CM 91-05 establishing the Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area, commencing 1 December 2017.

The CCAMLR conservation measures currently in force, including those adopted at CCAMLR-XXXV, can be accessed at the following link:

In addition to the abovementioned outcomes:

  • ARK members voluntarily agreed to avoid fishing during the 2016/17 breeding season near gentoo penguin colonies at three sites in Subarea 48.1 which had suffered mortality events apparently caused by unusual environmental conditions. A map showing these penguin sites is provided, open map.  A list of all gentoo penguin sites is also provided for information only, open list.
  • ARK reiterated its commitment to assisting the Commission and the Scientific Committee to meet the goals of the Convention and that it would continue to ensure that the activities of its members’ vessels do not impede scientific work.

ARK will now hold a half-day workshop in association with the Third International Krill Symposium being held in St Andrews, Scotland, in June 2017. This meeting will attract a wider group of krill scientists than that which attend CCAMLR meetings and will use the opportunity to examine ways in which the krill fishing industry and krill researchers can collaborate.


ASMA areas

ASMAs and ASPAs are small areas that have been set aside by the Antarctic Treaty and they require special permits for entry. The definitions and the protocol for declaring them is laid out on this web page: It was recognised that fishing vessels might inadvertently enter these protected areas because of the lack of easily accessible information on their location. The Scientific Committee endorsed the need to improve communication so that management plans (with maps) could be readily accessed by fishing vessels. Accordingly, the location of Protected areas in the South Atlantic is presented in the maps here on the ARK website and a listing of all ASPAs and ASMAs can be found at:

Download ASMA areas (PDF file)



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