Report of the 2022 Intersessional Meeting of the Sub-Committee of Ecosystems and Bycatch
The Intersessional Meeting of the Subcommittee on Ecosystems and Bycatch was held online between the 31 May and the 3 June 2022. Pertaining to ecosystems, the Subcommittee reviewed the work related to the applicability and functionality of the Ecosystem Report Card and the results of a workshop which developed ecoregions within the ICCAT Convention area. Methods for validating bycatch indicators and assessing and prioritizing risk to ICCAT species were reviewed and updates on cases studies supporting EAFM implementation and new projects supporting indicator development were provided. Pertaining to bycatch, the Subcommittee reviewed: progress on collaborative work of sea turtle and presentation of the next steps, the effect of the mitigation measures, factors effecting bycatch and interactions, mechanisms for SCECO to work across all Species Groups of the SCRS on the issues related with multi-stocks (e.g., environmental impacts, multi-stocks trade-offs, integration of ecological considerations into management procedures). It developed its recommendations and its workplan for 2022.