South Georgia proposing to extend toothfish licensing period

The South Georgia and South Sandwich toothfish fishery is one of the highest-scoring Marine Stewardship Council certified fisheries, underpinned by scientific research, ecosystem-based precautionary management, and careful monitoring and enforcement. It has developed following close collaboration between operators, scientists, NGOs and Government. The SGSSI Government is proposing a number of changes to the management of the fishery in support of …

Toothfish for all

Toothfish for all, says Réunion CRPMEM president The new president of the Réunion Regional Committee for Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture, Bertrand Baillif, argued strongly in favour of measures to benefit all of the island’s fishermen prior to his election, including a ‘Toothfish for all’ slogan. He said that over the last twenty years the island’s artisanal sector has suffered, commenting …

Toothfish Day 2017

Toothfish Day is celebrated on the 4th September every year in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The following clip from FITV shows what happened this year on this special day:

Argentina to undertake toothfish survey

A marine biologist and an observer from the National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP), headquartered in Mar del Plata, are to go aboard the fishing vessel Centurión del Atlántico this week in Ushuaia to conduct a survey study of this species to later evaluate the sustainability of the resource. The information, published by the newspaper El Sureño, states …

Weddell Seal diet unchanged in last 100 years

When scientists at McMurdo Station in Antarctica have time off from their field work, they often pay a visit to three nearby wooden huts built in the early 1900s by Antarctic explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott. That’s what UC Santa Cruz biologists Daniel Costa and Luis Huckstadt were doing on a day off from studying Weddell seals when …

Inaccurate Care2 Petition Removed

Following our recent post regarding the inaccurate and falsifying petition, we are happy to announce it was removed by Care2 Petitions.   COLTO will continue to work with its Members, as well as governments, scientists, and the NGO community, to ensure that toothfish fisheries remain sustainable, and our impacts on the environment, minimal.  We will also continue to promote toothfish …

Amazon targeted in inaccurate toothfish petition

Amazon has been targeted by an online petition saying they should stop selling Chilean seabass (Toothfish). The “petition” is inaccurate, misleading, and untruthful – and we are doing what we can to work with Amazon to ensure it is removed as fast as possible from all websites and public distribution. We would like to reassure our customers and all interested …

Australia’s Heard Island Toothfish Fishery re-certified by MSC

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Patagonian toothfish fishery has received recertification to the MSC standard for sustainable fishing. Originally certified in 2012, the fishery was once riddled with illegal and unregulated fishing for the valuable species, found across the southern ocean.  But due to robust and collaborative management, there has not been illegal fishing in the region since …

Toothfish posterchild as MSC celebrates 20 years

This year the Marine Stewardship Council celebrates 20 years, and today, its certified fisheries account for 12% of global marine catch.  Its goal is to have 20% of all wild seafood to come from certified fisheries by 2020.  COLTO is extremely proud of the transition that our toothfish fisheries have made over the years, with now nearing 60% of the …

South Georgia and the Falklands get Street View

One hundred years after Sir Ernest Shackleton stepped foot on South Georgia – an island that had never been mapped – Google has brought the isolated region into people’s homes, adding the subantarctic isle and the neighbouring Falkland Islands to its arsenal of Street View imagery. BBC Travel tagged along with Google and Lindblad Expeditions for an exclusive look at …

Ervik and Argos building new toothfish vessel

Argos Froyanes, in conjunction with partner Ervik Havfiske, is constructing a new, specially-designed vessel for toothfish longlining in the hazardous waters of the South Georgia and Ross Sea. The company, itself a partnership between Norway’s Ervik Havfiske and UK overseas territories-registered firm Argos, hopes the new vessel can win it additional fishing rights in the strictly managed fishery. “This is …

Sanford CEO talks toothfish

A fish caught in Antarctic waters and sold in the United States as Chilean seabass is helping transform fishing company Sanford into a producer of high value seafood, but its CEO wants to change the narrative. Volker Kuntzsch says “New Zealand“ is a great brand, but the fishing industry hasn’t taken full advantage of it yet. “We catch this fantastic …

Operation Icefish steals the thunder

By Siddharth Chakravarty. Article originally posted on Livemint.com For three days I scoured the scrapyards of Mumbai’s Dockyard Road with a basic drawing of a winch, the kind used on fishing vessels. I sat with multiple dealers to try and source one that met my requirements, but had no success. Deciding I needed to speak to Brian, my chief engineer …

Lack of Jurisdiction Regarding IUU Fishing Crimes

Lack of Jurisdiction in Criminal Proceedings Regarding IUU Fishing and Related Crimes By Sally Frankcom:26th Feb, 2017: Securing convictions In March 2016, a joint operation between Spanish police and INTERPOL resulted in the arrest of six people linked to the fishing company Vidal Armadores. The company, along with its affiliates, had long been connected to a string of illegal fishing …

Crozet toothfish fishery gains MSC certification

PRESS RELEASE HERE The members of the Reunion Freezer Longliner Syndicate (SARPC) obtained the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for their Crozet fishery as part of their southern seas toothfish fishing activities. This certification recognizes the work done by the stakeholders in terms of sustainability of the resource and it is in line with the MSC certification obtained for the …

HM Commissioner hosts South Georgia stakeholders

HM Commissioner for South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, Colin Roberts CVO, departed this week for a 12-day visit to the UK Overseas Territory accompanied by representatives of some of South Georgia’s key stakeholder organizations. The information was reported in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Newsletter.  The visit takes place on board the Government’s logistics and fishery …

CFL Hunter is launched

A modern longliner that will fish for toothfish in the Falklands’ waters, designed and built by shipyard Nodosa of Marin, has just been baptized and launched in Pontevedra, Galicia. The commercial director of Nodosa, Jose Ramon Regueira, stressed at the launching ceremony that a vessel of these characteristics “is not easy to find”, because it features “novelties that make it …

COLTO Member finds ‘biggest octopus’

An enormous octopus has been brought to New Zealand for study and exhibition, and scientists think it’s the biggest one they’ve ever seen. The research team of Darren Stevens, Dr José Xavier, and José Queirós have been studying the 1.2m long Great Antarctic Octopus at NIWA in Wellington, after it was fished up in the Ross Sea in Antarctica last …

Research in Antarctica

The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) will support six new projects in 2017 to determine the impacts and implications of current and future warming in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Covering a wide range of topics, these projects use an array of new and emerging technologies; from unmanned aerial vehicles to the deployment of specialised probes for under-ice surveillance. …

Toothfish prices on rise, with IUU fleet in disarray

Prices have been steadily rising for Chilean seabass, or toothfish, with a crackdown on illegal catching set to see supply down in 2016. According to one executive on the high-end whitefish panel at the Global Seafood Market Conference, held last week in Miami, Florida, toothfish prices are getting to a high level for the US market. The market in Asia and US are …

NZ scientist aims to unravel the mystery of Antarctic toothfish

A Nelson scientist’s mission to unlock deep sea secrets of the Antarctic toothfish has been boosted with approval of the world’s largest marine reserve. Nelson’s NIWA fisheries scientist Dr Steve Parker spent a month researching the fishery in the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area.  Parker’s research focuses on understanding the controversial Antarctic toothfish, a species scientists are still learning about because of their remote …

Vidal off the hook

According to reports in the Spanish press, the case against Vidal Armadores, the beneficial owners of a fleet of vessels operating at various times fishing for toothfish in the Southern Ocean collapsed on a point of law. Key figures in the family-owned company based in Galicia were arrested and subsequently released on bail after their offices were raided in a …

Season’s Greetings

COLTO extends best wishes to all for the Festive Season and the New Year. This is a time to count our blessings, reflect on the past, and consider the future. And to be thankful for the opportunity to make our contributions to a future that preserves and celebrates our rich diversity and sustainable, responsible activities. Stay healthy, stay happy, stay …

Thoughts to NZ

COLTO wishes to extend it’s heartfelt concern for our members, their families and their associates in the South Island of New Zealand who are affected by the serious earthquake that occurred overnight.

COLTO congratulates CCAMLR

The Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators (COLTO) congratulates the member states of CCAMLR, their delegations and support teams, as well as the many Government and Civil Society groups who have worked unremittingly and assiduously to achieve the establishment of a Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea. The achievement of consensus was a difficult and complicated matter, and represents a …

CCAMLR tag-return lottery 2016 – winners announced

The CCAMLR tag-return lottery, sponsored by COLTO, has been drawn by the CCAMLR Standing Committee on Inspection and Compliance Chair, Osvaldo Urrutia, and we are most happy to announce that this year’s winner of first prize is the Japanese flagged vessel, Shinsei Maru No.3, owned and operated by TAIYO A&F. The lottery is designed to promote awareness of the tagging scheme on …

South Georgia’s ‘Toothfish Day’

The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) are celebrating Toothfish Day with a reception and quiz at Government House in Stanley, Falkland Islands. The national holiday, which marks the end of the toothfish fishing season in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, was created to acknowledge the importance of the Patagonian Toothfish fishery to the …

COLTO Member helps with Antarctic Toothfish Research

The Antarctic toothfish (dissostichus mawsoni) is a cod icefish species native to the Earth’s southern seas. Living 1,000 to 1,800 meters below the ocean’s surface, the fish take about 17 years to fully mature, and are known to live up to almost 50 years. Yet, little is known about their specific migration routes. To discover the lifecycle of these unfamiliar creatures …

COLTO Depredation Workshop videos available

GlobalPesca have kindly uploaded video presentations from the COLTO Toothfish Depredation Workshop that took place earlier this year in Punta Arenas, Chile. The presentations can be found on the GlobalPesca YouTube channel.

Why would a pirate ship want insurance?

The bizarre case of the self-sunk illegal Thunder and recent research show that insurers still cover illegal fishers, to the illegal fishers’ benefit. By Christopher Pala One year ago, the Thunder, a Norwegian-built trawler with a long record of illegal fishing, glided to a stop in a lake-flat sea off São Tomé in West Africa in perfect weather. Then it slowly …

FAO report shows stable toothfish catches

The latest edition of the UN agency’s The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) has been released, in which, saying that management measures appear to be working for CCAMLR‘s Patagonian toothfish fisheries, with catches being stable since 2005.  

Ross Sea winter survey finds spawning Antarctic toothfish

At the edge of the advancing winter sea ice in the Ross Sea, a first-ever winter fisheries survey has uncovered new secrets of the Antarctic toothfish. The New Zealand commercial fishing vessel Janas, an ice strengthened longline vessel owned and operated by Talley’s Ltd., New Zealand, working with voyage scientists from NIWA and the Italian National Programme of Antarctic Research …

Insurance Companies Unwittingly Aid Marine Poaching

Last spring, the Thunder, an alleged poaching vessel, met its end off the coast of São Tomé and sunk to its watery grave. The Thunder was allegedly part of an armada of fishing scallywags that cumulatively siphon billions of dollars a year from the global fishing economy and wreak untold damage on fisheries around the world. Now, recently released research suggests that, despite their nefarious intentions, many of these illegal …

Global Collaboration Doubles Sustainable Catch in Five Years

MSC partners deliver lasting improvements for healthy oceans A new report published by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to mark World Oceans Day shows how effective management and improvements made by MSC certified fisheries are delivering measurable, positive impacts in our oceans, from reducing bycatch to advancing scientific understanding of marine environments. Since 2010, the volume of global wild seafood …

Peru sets first ever Toothfish quota

The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) set the total allowable catch of toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) at 120 tonnes for this year along the Peruvian coast. This measure, according to details of the ministerial resolution that sets it (No. 151-2016-PRODUCE), responds to the recommendations from Instituto del Mar del Peru (IMARPE), and is aimed at small-scale fishermen that are authorized to catch …

COLTO Toothfish Depredation Workshop a Success

COLTO’s Toothfish Depredation Workshop that took place last month in Punta Arenas has been labelled a success by the 40+ attendees that took part.  The attendees consisted of fishermen, vessel owners/operators, scientists, gear manufacturers, and policy makers in what was a collaborative effort to assess the state of depredation in the Southern Ocean’s toothfish fisheries. It was concluded that the …

COLTO Depredation Workshop

Today marks the opening of the inaugural COLTO Depredation Workshop, in Punta Arenas, Chile.  The event has been co-sponsored by generous hosts AOBAC, Kendell Seafood, and WWF Australia. Attendees to the workshop will include fishermen, vessel owners and operators, fisheries scientists and government regulators from all the major toothfish fisheries.  These COLTO Members and associated scientists/regulators will also be very …

IUU Viking sunk by Indonesian authorities

The Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry sunk on Monday an Antarctic toothfish fishing vessel, wanted by Interpol for alleged illegal fishing in areas across the world. The vessel was sunk in waters off Pangandaran Beach, West Java. “Today, we are here to witness the realization of the Indonesian government’s commitment to transform Indonesia into a global maritime axis,” Maritime …

Sea Shepherd Op-Icefish concludes with Viking sunk

The Last Toothfish Poaching Vessel, Viking, Sunk by Indonesian Authorities. Sea Shepherd Concludes Operation Icefish 2015-16. Authorities in Indonesia have sunk the last of the “Bandit 6” toothfish poaching vessels, the Viking, in Pangandaran, West Java. Sea Shepherd representatives were on the ground to film the sinking, which marks the end of over a decade of toothfish poaching in the …

Southern Seas – beautifully captured imagery

Two photographers, Nicolas Gasco and Paul Tixier, have each spent years of their life in the Southern Seas, off the Crozet and Kerguelen Islands. For months, on boats that were totally on their own in the latitudes 40° and 50° South, and they came back with unique wildlife pictures from these remote and unknown regions. Among these pictures, killer whales …

Vidal finally arrested for toothfish poaching

The Yuyus operation is the name chosen by the Civil Guard to christen a major police operation from Madrid, whose main objective was the Ribeiran company, Vidal Shipowners, for their alleged involvement in illegal fishing for toothfish in the Antarctic. The research, led by the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) through its central arm, the Central Unit Operational Environmental (UCOMA), jumped yesterday …

Last Toothfish poacher, Viking, arrested in Indonesia

The hunt for the last of six known toothfish poaching vessels has ended with the arrest of the Nigerian-flagged Viking in Indonesia. The announcement of the vessel’s arrest was made at a press conference in Jakarta today, held by Indonesian Fisheries Minister, Susi Pudjiastuti, the Commander of the Western Naval Fleet and other high-ranking Indonesian officials. Officials stated that the …

Kunlun arrested in Senegal

Senegalese government authorities have arrested the Kunlun, a fishing vessel accused of toothfish illegally fishing, which was wanted by the international community. As reported by the non-governmental organization Sea Shepherd, there are reports that the ship had falsified registration and was sailing under the flag of Indonesia. This situation allowed the vessel to be detained in Senegal on formalities regarding …

Toothfish prices on rise in US, Asia with IUU fleet in disarray

MIAMI, US — Prices have been steadily rising for Chilean seabass, or toothfish, with a crackdown on illegal catching set to see supply down in 2016. According to one executive on the high-end whitefish panel at the Global Seafood Market Conference, held last week in Miami, Florida, toothfish prices are getting to a high level for the US market. The market in Asia …

Ice patrol ship returns from Antarctic mission

British ice patrol ship HMS Protector has arrived at Lyttelton Port after five weeks patrolling the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. New Zealand and Australian officers were on the ship as part of an operation to protect the area from illegal fishing. Acting British High Commissioner to New Zealand Helen Smith said the patrol was a strong example of the close …

Sealord gets another longliner to catch toothfish in the Ross Sea

A new addition to the Sealord fleet for the annual Ross Sea toothfishing expedition is Australian-flagged and registered but has a dozen New Zealanders in its crew. The 57-metre Norwegian-built Antarctic Discovery has been refitted at Port Nelson this month and was expected to leave on Friday. It has joined the Antarctic Chieftain under the ownership of Australian Longline, which …

Operation Sparrow investigation complete: €17.84 million in fines.

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment have announced the final sanctions from Operation Sparrow 1.  48 administrative infractions to Spanish operators, 44 of them serious, with penalties amounting to a total of 17.84 million euros are to be collected.  Both Sparrow operations (I and II) represent a decisive step in addressing the business and financial network that links certain illegal …

British Navy tasked with keeping Toothfish poachers out of Ross Sea

For the first time in 80 years a British Navy ship will patrol the Ross Sea, with HMS Protector setting out to target Antarctic toothfish poachers. The icebreaker, which usually works on the British-owned Antarctic Peninsula, has docked in Hobart ahead of a month-long patrol of the Ross Sea. The ship’s captain, Rory Bryan, hopes the venture will deter illegal fishing …

COLTO announced as Seafood Champion finalist

The finalists for the 2016 international Seafood Champion Awards have been announced.  Four finalists have been selected in each of the four categories: Leadership, Innovation, Vision and Advocacy.  The winners will be announced at the 12th SeaWeb Seafood Summit, 1-3 February 2016 in St. Julian’s, Malta. SeaWeb’s Seafood Champion Awards recognise individuals and organisations for outstanding leadership in promoting environmentally …

HMNZS Otago departs for surveillance operation

The patrol vessel HMNZS Otago left Dunedin this morning for the annual monitoring trip. New Zealand’s anti-poaching operations hit the headlines last summer when the navy vessel Wellington intercepted – but could not board – three falsely flagged ships catching toothfish in the Ross Sea. It was all go this morning as the Otago left for its turn. The ship …