COLTO is pleased to be able to announce the winners of the 2018/19 CCAMLR toothfish tag return lottery. This year’s winners were selected at random by the CCAMLR Secretariat from tag returns in CCAMLR’s Exploratory fisheries, with the results as follows:
- 1st place went to the Spanish flagged vessel, Tronio, returning a tag from an Antarctic toothfish tagged in subarea 48.6 on the 16th March 2019, which had been at liberty for 54 days. The fish was originally tagged on the 21st January 2019, in the same subarea, only 6km away.
- 2nd place went to the UK flagged vessel, Nordic Prince, returning a tag from an Antarctic toothfish in Subarea 88.2H on the 29th December 2018. This fish had been at liberty for almost 8 years, and was originally tagged on 1st January 2011, 141km away.
- 3rd place went to the Japanese flagged vessel, Shinsei Maru No.3, returning a tag from an Antarctic toothfish in Subarea 48.6 on the 4th March 2019, which had been at liberty for 43 days, only 1km away.
COLTO would like congratulate this year’s winners, and thank all crews and scientific observers for their continued at-sea efforts.
Photo: Naohisa Miyagawa (Shinsei Maru No.3), Richard Ball (COLTO Chairman), Joost Pompert (Tronio), and Peter Thomson (Nordic Prince).