Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System

Antarctic krill - Southwest Atlantic
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
Resource report 2021
Antarctic krill - Southwest Atlantic
Fact Sheet Citation  
Euphausia superba - Subareas 48.1, 48.2, 48.3 and 48.4
Owned byCommission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) – More
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FAO Names: en - Antarctic krill, fr - Krill antarctique, es - Krill antártico, zh - 南极大磷虾, ru - Криль антарктический

Fishery Indicators
Production: Catch
Geographic extent of Antarctic krill - Southwest Atlantic
Main Descriptors
Considered a single stock: Yes        Spatial Scale: Regional
Management unit: Yes        Reference year: 2020
Biological State and Trend

Stock assessment in development.
Habitat and Biology
Climatic zone: Polar.   Depth zone: Shelf (50 m - 200 m); Slope - Upperslope (200 m - 500 m).   Horizontal distribution: Oceanic.   Vertical distribution: Pelagic.  

Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: Regional

Geo References
Resource Structure
Considered a single stock: Yes

Southern Ocean Krill fishery - Southwest Atlantic (Subareas 48.1, 48.2, 48.3 and 48.4)
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
ProductionCatch 450781tonnes2020
Catch 390168tonnes2019
Catch 312731tonnes2018
Catch 236938tonnes2017
Catch 260149tonnes2016
Catch 225632tonnes2015
Catch 294145tonnes2014
Catch 216050tonnes2013
Catch 161238tonnes2012
Catch 181011tonnes2011
Catch 213656tonnes2010
Catch 125706tonnes2009
Catch 149016tonnes2008
Catch 104728tonnes2007
Catch 108583tonnes2006
Catch 127818tonnes2005
Catch 119979tonnes2004
Catch 115793tonnes2003
Catch 105585tonnes2002
Catch 93050tonnes2001
Catch 113262tonnes2000

Annual review of available information.
Assessment Model
Type:  Others
Krill yield model

Acoustic surveys of krill biomass combined with stochastic population modelling and decision rules that take into account predator requirements to generate precautionary sustainable catch limit.
Management unit: Yes
Source of information
CCAMLR. 2021. Fishery Report 2020: Euphausia superba in Area 48.  Click to open
CCAMLR. 2021. Fishery Summary 2020: Euphausia superba in Area 48.  Click to open
CCAMLR. 2021. CCAMLR’s approach to managing the krill fishery (2020). Euphausia superba in Area 48.  Click to open
CCAMLR 2020. Report of the Thirty-ninth Meeting of the Commission. CCAMLR-39. Virtual Meeting. 27 – 30 October 2020.  Click to open
CCAMLR 2020. Report of the Thirty-ninth Meeting of the Scientific Committee. SC-CAMLR-39. Virtual Meeting. 26 October 2020.  Click to open
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