Krill fishing in the Scotia Sea in relation to bathymetry, including the detailed distribution around South Georgia
Analyses of the distribution of krill fishing based on fine-scale (0.5" latitude x
1" longitude) data show that harvesting in the Scotia Sea has been mainly in shelf and
shelf-break areas on the northern side of the Scotia Arc. Regional analyses reveal that
tliere are restricted parts of shelf and shelf-break areas where high catches have been
obtained. Altliough these data give a general idea of where the fishery has operated,
they do not reveal the localised nature of the fishing operation. Over the last three
winter fishing seasons (1993 to 1995) individual trawl statistics have been recorded in
the South Georgia area. Analyses of these data show marked interannual variability in
the distribution of trawls. The data for 1993 were only available from August but the
fishery was restricted in that period to an area on the western edge of the shelf break
where negligible fishing occurred in the following two seasons. In 1994 the fishery was
almost totally based over a large shallow bank area on the northeast shelf edge. During
1995 the fishery was still predominantly in this area but also operated further west 011 a
range of banks associated with submarine valleys. The results are discussed in relation
to the ecology of krill and the fishery's interaction with local predator colonies
Authors: Murphy, E.J. ORCID record for E.J. Murphy, Trathan, P.N., Everson, I., Parkes, G., Daunt, F.
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