HARVESTED SPECIES [Observation Scheme  /  Fisheries Monitoring]

Prior to the Convention’s entry into force, a number of marine species were harvested commercially in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic.

The most notable of these included Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella), various whales and the Antarctic rock cod (Notothenia rossii).

The responsibility for the management of seals and whales rests with the CCAS and IWC, both of which preceded CCAMLR.

At present CCAMLR regulates commercial fishing for:

Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba);

   toothfish (Dissostichus spp.);

icefish (Champsocephalus gunnari);

 and some other species such as:

lantern fish (Electrona carlsbergi);

squid (Martialia hyadesi); and

crabs (Paralomis spp.)

in various statistical areas.

It also regulates by-catch arising from the fisheries directed at these species.

See also CCAMLR's Regulatory Framework for fisheries.