The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is an international convention entered into force in 1982. The objectives of CCAMLR is to conserve Antarctic marine living resources, which cover the populations of fin fish, molluscs, crustaceans and all other species of living organisms, including birds, found south of the Antarctic Convergence. Currently, CCAMLR has 25 Members and 11 Acceding States.
Text of the Convention can be downloaded here.
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (“the Commission”) was established under the CCAMLR to give effect to the objectives and principles of conservation of the Convention, including regulating activities associated with the rational utilisation and management of the marine living resources in the Convention Area through a set of Conservation Measures (CM), amongst others.
Toothfish, including Antarctic toothfish, Dissostichus mawsoni and Patagonian toothfish, D. eleginoides, is one of the major species harvested in the Antarctic waters. With toothfish being highly sought after as a table fish in some overseas countries, the toothfish resources have been experiencing significant levels of exploitation and illegal, unreported and unregulated (“IUU”) fishing. The Commission adopted in May 2000 a CM entitled “Catch Documentation Scheme for Dissostichus spp.” (CM 10-05) to protect toothfish from IUU fishing internationally.
Catch Document Scheme (CDS) for Toothfish
The CDS provides a basis for (a) identifying the origins of Dissostichus spp. imports; (b) determining if imports caught in the Convention Area were caught in a manner consistent with the relevant CCAMLR CMs; and (c) furnishing the Commission with essential information necessary for fulfilling the management objectives of CCAMLR. Under the CDS, each catch or shipment of Dissostichus spp. must be accompanied by a valid catch document issued in accordance with the relevant CMs. CM 10-05 Catch Documentation Scheme for Dissostichus spp. can be downloaded here.
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