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 to ensure the long term sustainability of Toothfish resources, and the rich and critical biodiversity of the southern oceans. At that time, IUU catches were double the legal catches of Toothfish, but through the combined efforts of CCAMLR, Flag States, Port States, conservation NGOs and industry, those levels of IUU fishing are now virtually zero, along with seabird bycatch being at ‘near-zero’ levels.
As at January 2017, almost 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators, Inc.