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    The Sub-Antarctic Resource Assessment Group is the key research and scientific committee for management of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery and Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery.

    The group provides advice to the Sub-Antarctic Management Advisory Committee on the status of fish stocks, sub stocks, species (target and non-target), the impact of fishing on the marine environment and the type of information needed for stock assessments. They also evaluate the impact over time of different harvest strategies, stock depletion and recovery rates, confidence levels for fishery assessments and risks to the success of fishery objectives. Compliance and economic factors affecting the fishery are also evaluated and reported on by the group.

    This group provides an avenue for consultation between industry members, fishery managers, fishery economists, fishery scientists and other interest groups.

    • Periodicity of the Random Stratified Trawl Survey
    • Mackerel icefish stock assessment
    • Skate and Ray bycatch assessments
    • Review of the 2021/2022-2022/23 Fishery Assessment Plan for the Heard Island and McDonald Island Fishery
    • Variation of timing and design of the 2023 Random Stratified Trawl Survey.

    Read the Sub-Antarctic Resource Assessment Group February 2023 meeting minutes.

    Read the August 2022 meeting minutes.

    The next meeting is scheduled for 2 May 2023.

    • Development of robust assessment methods and harvest strategies for spatially complex, multi-jurisdictional toothfish fisheries in the Southern Ocean
    • Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery random stratified trawl survey
    • Development of management strategy evaluation for the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery.

    Past minutes, recommendations and advice can be found on the Sub-Antarctic Resource Assessment Group past meetings page.

    Members are appointed for the period 1 July 2022 until 31 December 2023.

    • Mr Bruce Wallner, Chair
    • Ms Danait Ghebrezgabhier, AFMA member
    • Dr Tim Ward, scientific member
    • Dr Philippe Ziegler, scientific member
    • Dr Cara Miller, scientific member
    • Dr Rich Hillary, scientific member
    • Mr Brad Millic, industry member
    • Mr Rhys Arangio, industry member
    • Ms Heather Patterson, government observer
    • Dr Pia Bessel-Browne, invited participant

    Claire Wallis
    Executive Officer
    Tel: 02 6225 5555
    Email: claire.wallis@afma.gov.au

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    Page last updated: 03/04/2023