Options for providing focus and direction to the work of the Ecologically Related Species Working Group
At the 24th Annual Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) Australia agreed to prepare a paper for the 25th Annual Meeting of the CCSBT (CCSBT25) with options on how the Extended Commission (EC) might provide focus and direction to the work of the Ecologically Related Species Working Group (ERSWG). This paper is intended to open discussion on the scope of the CCSBT’s management of ecologically related species (ERS) and the future role of the ERSWG. The paper proposes that Members agree to annual consideration of these issues, as required, at the CCSBT annual meeting and for the Commission to cooperate closely with relevant Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) on ERS issues. We note that if these suggestions are accepted, the ERSWG Terms of Reference would need to be amended to reflect this.