50 CFR 300.103 - Scientific research.
(a) This section applies to any person, using a vessel for research purposes, who intends to catch more than 1 tonne of finfish or krill or use gear other than longline, trawl, or pot to catch Dissostichus spp.
(b) Any person planning to use a vessel for research purposes, when the estimated research catch is expected to be less than 50 tonnes of finfish in a season, and no more than the amounts specified in Table 1, must notify the Assistant Administrator at least 2 months in advance of the planned research using the CCAMLR Format for Notification of Research Vessel Activity, Format 1. A copy of the format is available from NMFS Headquarters. The format requires:
(1) Name and registration number of vessel;
(2) Division and subarea in which research is to be carried out;
(3) Estimated dates of entering and leaving the Convention Area;
(4) Purposes of research; and
(5) Fishing equipment to be used (bottom trawl, midwater trawl, longline, crab pots, other).
Table 1 - Taxa-Specific Thresholds for Notification of Research Vessel Activity
|Taxon||Gear type||Expected catch|
|Thresholds for finfish taxa:|
|Thresholds for non-finfish taxa:|
|Krill||All||0.1 percent of the catch limit for a given area.|
(c) Any person planning to use any vessel for research purposes, when the estimated research catch is expected to be more than 50 tonnes or greater than the amounts specified in Table 1 must report the details of the research plan to NMFS using CCAMLR Format 2 for Notification of Research Vessel Activity. The format must be submitted to Assistant Administrator at least 7 months in advance of the planned start date for the research. A copy of the format is available from NMFS Headquarters. The format requires:
(1) Description of the main objective of the research;
(2) Description of the fishery operations;
(3) Description of the survey design, data collection, and analysis;
(4) Proposed catch limit;
(5) Description of the research capability; and
(6) Description of the reporting for evaluation and review.
(d) Where the expected catch is more than 50 tonnes of fish or greater than the amounts specified in Table 1, the planned fishing for research purposes shall not proceed until the Assistant Administrator authorizes the person in writing that he or she may proceed. Such authorization may be provided after completion of review of the scientific research plan by the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and Commission.
(e) A summary of the results of any research subject to these provisions must be provided to the Assistant Administrator within 150 days of the completion of the research and a full report must be provided within 11 months.
(f) Catch, effort, and biological data resulting from the research must be reported using the reporting format for research vessels in accordance with relevant conservation measures, with a copy to NMFS Headquarters.