Welcome to our website, which I hope will provide you with a much improved understanding of the health and sustainability of our Toothfish (Chilean seabass) stocks, along with a greater appreciation of the history of our unique fisheries in the Southern Ocean, and around the Antarctic continent.

COLTO was founded in 2003 by legal industry members to eliminate IUU fishing for toothfish, and improve sustainability of toothfish stocks.  While this has been highly successful to date, there are still a few remaining IUU operators on the high seas, away from legal fisheries, and flagged to nations which do not belong to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, CCAMLR.

We’re continuing to work with authorities, conservation groups and other agencies to eliminate these last vestiges of IUU fishing.

As at January 2015, more than 60% of the global catch of toothfish are independently certified as coming from sustainable and well managed fisheries by the Marine Stewardship Council, and/or are rated as ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.  This is in addition to the recognised precautionary management approach from CCAMLR, and helps reassure us that the conservation measures and compliance actions taken in recent years have been successful at putting toothfish fisheries back onto a sustainable basis and/or firmly into recovery mode.

These measures also ensure that you, the public, can know you’re eating only legally caught toothfish, from sustainably managed fisheries.

If you would like more information, or have any suggestions we can use to further improve our toothfish fisheries, I’d be pleased to hear them at contact@colto.com.

Martin Exel
Chairman
Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators, Inc.