The Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Commission and the
Scientific Committee for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living
Resources was held in Hobart, Australia from 26 October to 4 November
1994. All members of the Commission including India were represented.
Observers from Canada, Finland, Greece, Netherlands, and Ukraine were
also present. Apart from administrative and budgetary matters, the
Commission dealt with matters relating to krill resources, harvesting of
stocks, ecosystem monitoring, inspections, compliance with conservation
measures, scientific research etc.
Total krill fishing in all Antarctic waters during 1993-94 season
was about 84,000 tonnes. Chile, Japan, Poland, Russian Federation and
Ukraine were the major harvesting countries. Over the years krill fishing
has been reduced. During 1991-92 season it was about 2,98,000 tonnes.
The precautionary catch limit is about 1.5 million tonnes. The ecological
impacts of krill fishing were discussed at the meeting. Australia indicated
its interest in harvesting krill resources. The Scientific Committee
expressed its interests in knowing the future plans with respect to potential
catch levels and fishing areas. It was recognised that although India had in
the past expressed its interest in krill fishing it had not yet established any
definite plans to harvest krill resources.
India was elected as a Vice-Chairman of the Standing
Committee on Observation and Inspection (SCOI).