50 CFR 300.109 - Initiating a new fishery.
(a) A new fishery, for purposes of this section, is a fishery that uses bottom trawls on the high seas of the Convention Area or a fishery for a species, using a particular method, in a statistical subarea or division for which:
(1) Information on distribution, abundance, demography, potential yield and stock identity from comprehensive research/surveys or exploratory fishing has not been submitted to CCAMLR;
(2) Catch and effort data have never been submitted to CCAMLR; or
(3) Catch and effort data from the two most recent seasons in which fishing occurred have not been submitted to CCAMLR.
(b) Persons intending to develop a new fishery shall notify the Assistant Administrator no later than April 1 for the fishing season that will commence on or after December 1 and shall not initiate the fishery pending NMFS and CCAMLR review or until a vessel permit has been used under this subpart.
(c) The notification shall be accompanied by a complete vessel permit application required under § 300.107 and information on:
(2) Biological information on the target species from comprehensive research/survey cruises, such as distribution, abundance, demographic data and information on stock identity;
(3) Details of dependent and related species and the likelihood of them being affected by the proposed fishery;
(4) Information from other fisheries in the region or similar fisheries elsewhere that may assist in the evaluation of potential yield; and
(5) If the proposed fishery will be undertaken using bottom trawl gear, the known and anticipated impacts of this gear on vulnerable marine ecosystems, including benthos and benthic communities.