Photographer’s wild southern fishing trip

Blenheim-based photographer Tazmin Henderson grabbed the chance to go on a toothfishing vessel to the South Atlantic. She wrote about her challenging experience. In November 2018, I read that Argos Froyanes Ltd had launched two new vessels for toothfishing in the Ross Sea. Argos Georgia and Nordic Prince are state of the art long-liners, sitting at 54 metres long and …

COLTO Members contribute to reducing microfibre pollution

It is estimated that 8 million tonnes of plastic pollution enters the oceans each year. While densities of large plastic debris can be monitored when washed up on beaches or recorded in incidents of ingestion or entanglement, there is a growing concern regarding microplastics. The standard definition of microplastics is plastic particles that are less than 5 mm in diameter. …

Toothfish tag recovered in Western Australia

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A toothfish tag made its way back to CCAMLR in a very unusual way. The tag in question, A289770, which was released on a Patagonian toothfish in December 2015 around Prince Edward and Marion Islands, has managed to find its way over 6 700 km to the Western Australian coastline. The unusual discovery was made by Marine Park Ranger Peter …

Youthful Toothfish Abound

They live more than 1000 metres below the surface in the coldest darkest parts of the Southern Ocean, but the elusive juvenile Antarctic toothfish hold some of the most important insights into the future of the Ross Sea population. This year’s toothfish survey supported by Antarctica New Zealand shows juvenile stocks are up. NIWA Principal Fisheries Scientist Dr Steve Parker …

Ecuador cooperating with CCAMLR on toothfish

At CCAMLR-XXXVII, the CCAMLR community recognised Ecuador as a Non-Contracting Party (NCP) cooperating with CCAMLR though participation in the CDS. The recognition of this status for Ecuador is the result of two years of discussion and consideration by the Commission. Ecuador successfully demonstrated its commitment and capability to meet the objectives of and implement Conservation Measure 10-05. In February 2019, …

Whale depredation paper from COLTO Member fisheries published in Nature

Dr. Paul Tixier’s work on whale depredation in toothfish fisheries continues with a recent paper released by the Nature Research Journal’s Scientific Reports, titled, Commercial fishing patterns influence odontocete whale-longline interactions in the Southern Ocean. This paper uses long-term (2003–2017) datasets from seven major Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) longline fisheries, to assess the levels and inter-annual trends of sperm whale …

Scientists return from Antarctic voyage

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

After travelling almost 12,000km in the past six weeks, a group of scientists returns to Wellington at the weekend with new knowledge about life in the Ross Sea of Antarctica. NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa docks on Saturday morning after successfully completing research that covered all areas of the ecosystem from bacteria to whales. The 21 scientists, supported by 19 crew, …

Korea fails to sanction non-compliant vessels

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) reports that the South Korean government did not live up to its promise to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing when it failed to sanction two vessels that caught 70 tons of toothfish in Antarctic waters, instead allowing the owner to sell its landings on the global market. COLTO notes that these two vessels …

Austral to use blockchain to track toothfish

WWF-Australia and BCG Digital Ventures launched a revolutionary new digital platform that uses blockchain and other technologies to track food and products, and that will help people and business to avoid illegal, environmentally-damaging or unethical products. Austral Fisheries, based in Perth, were chosen as the industry partner for this launch, whose ‘Glacier 51 Toothfish’ will be the centerpiece in displaying …

Peru sets new toothfish quota

The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) has established the maximum allowable catch of the Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) resource for the current year at 161 tonnes. According to Ministerial Resolution N ° 007-2019-PRODUCE, the quota may be modified if the Institute of the Sea of Peru (IMARPE) evidences a greater availability of the resource, for which purpose it shall remit the …

French toothfish fisheries’ MSC certification renewed

The Kerguelen and Crozet toothfish fishery renews its MSC certification for sustainable fishing On 20th December, the longlining toothfish fishery around the Kerguelen and Crozet Islands in the southern seas (Southern Indian and Antarctic Oceans) confirmed its sustainable fishing practices by renewing its MSC certification. The French fishing companies concerned, members of the SARPC*, passed the evaluation according to the …

New vessel ordered for Australian Longline

Australian Longline, based in Hobart, Tasmania, has placed an order for a new factory longliner for delivery in 2020. The Tasmanian company went to Skipsteknisk in Norway for the design package for the ST-156L autoliner, developed for fishing toothfish in Antarctic waters. The new vessel is to be built at Vard Group’s shipyard in Vietnam and is scheduled for delivery …

Piriou delivers Southern Ocean longliner to Comata

An ice-class longliner designed for fishing toothfish in the Southern Ocean has been built at Piriou’s Vietnamese shipyard for French fishing company Comata. The new longliner was christened in La Réunion and will start fishing in French Southern and Antartic Territories. Designed by Piriou Ingenierie, Île de la Reunion II was ordered in July 2017. It has an overall length …

EXTERNAL REVIEW OF FALKLANDS TOOTHFISH FISHERY

PRESS RELEASE -from Falkland Islands Fisheries Department A full review of the stock assessment and management of the longline toothfish fishery in the Falkland Islands was conducted in 2018 by Dr Mike Bergh of OLSPS Marine for the Falkland Islands Government. The objective of the review was to provide an independent and external perspective on the current status of the …

Thwarted Again: Poaching Vessels Still Stuck in Cabo Verde

The two vessels, formerly known as Yongding and Songhua, are Still Stuck in Cabo Verde Back in May 2015, Sea Shepherd tipped off police in the West African Republic of Cabo Verde about the presence of two black-listed illegal fishing vessels sought by Interpol hiding out in their port (read the article here). The Cabo Verde Judicial Police detained the …

Falklands Toothfish re-certified by MSC

From Consolidated Fisheries Ltd PRESS RELEASE Consolidated Fisheries Ltd and the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department are pleased to announce that re-certification of the Falkland Islands longline toothfish fishery under the Marine Stewardship Council’s Principles of Sustainability was granted on the 5th November 2018 for a period of 5 years. The fishery was first certified in March 2014, the first and …

CCAMLR 2018 summary

Today sees the close of the Thirty-seventh Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia. Early in October, scientists met to review the status and trends of fish stocks regulated by CCAMLR. The Scientific Committee subsequently reviewed the outcomes of that meeting, and the outcomes of several other specialist working groups responsible …

CCAMLR toothfish tag return lottery results

COLTO is pleased to be able to promote collaboration between the fishing industry and science by again sponsoring the 2017/18 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 Korean flagged vessel, Kostar, returning a tag …

Headless Chicken Monster filmed near Heard Island

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has filmed a highly unusual sea cucumber, marking the first time it has been spotted in the depths of the Southern Ocean. The deep-sea sea cucumber Enypniastes eximia — aka the ‘headless chicken monster’ — was sighted using new AAD underwater cameras deployed by fishing boats operating in Antarctica. AAD research scientist Dirk Welsford said …

SAGO – whale depredation device developed

A system developed to protect longline catches from hungry whales has been presented on Fiskevegn’s stand during this year’s Nor-Fishing exhibition. Cetacean predation on longlines is a major problem in many fisheries around the world, particularly with sperm and killer whales taking fish from the lines. Family-owned Norwegian company Sago Solutions has developed the Sago Extreme, an aluminium pod that …

COLTO Member, Estremar, join toothfish project

A new collaborator has joined the project on genetic exploration and sampling of the Patagonian toothfish in the Argentine-Uruguayan Common Fishing Zone (ZCPAU). This project, developed by the company Argenova through the longliner Argenova XIV in collaboration with scientists from the National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP), can now count with the participation of Estremar. Estremar, based in …

Toothfish vessels line up in Nelson, NZ

Port Nelson’s ship fixers have secured a big boost to its winter work schedule with the arrival of the first of three international toothfish longliners. Owned by Norwegian-British partnership Argos Froyanes Ltd, the 2004-ton longline fishing vessel Nordic Prince arrived in Port Nelson on Wednesday for several months of repairs. Repair work is to be carried out by Aimex Service …

Deepening understanding of the Antarctic toothfish gene pool

Story by Eliza Grey Australian Antarctic Division An international team of scientists is investigating the gene pool of Antarctic toothfish in an effort to better conserve the species. As part of a collaborative project, scientists from nine countries will collect tissue samples from toothfish in the Southern Ocean, which will be analysed using the latest DNA genotyping techniques at the …

Austral commissions new toothfish vessel

COLTO Member, Austral Fisheries has entered into an agreement with Båtbygg AS in Norway for the construction of a SK-4260 fishing vessel designed by Skipskompetanse. The vessel, Cape Arkona, combines auto-line, potting and trawling and will set new standards for multi-purpose fishing operations. In line with Austral’s sustainability commitment, emphasis has been put on environmentally friendly and future-oriented solutions. The vessel …

Pirate Fishing Tycoon Hit with €8.2 Million Fine in Spain

Florindo González Corral, the Spanish fishing tycoon who owned the world’s most infamous pirate fishing vessel, the F/V Thunder, has been fined 8.2 million euros in a civil case brought by the Spanish government. The F/V Thunder was an INTERPOL-wanted fishing vessel that was involved in more than 10 years of illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean before its captain …

Two more IUU vessels arrested

The past three weeks have seen the apprehension of two IUU listed fishing vessels that have a history of illegally fishing for toothfish in the Southern Ocean.  The conservation group, Sea Shepherd have been a central player in the recent arrests of the FV Hai Lung (formerly named Yele, Ray, Kily, Constant, Tropic, and Isla Graciosa), and the FV STS-50 …

South Georgia launches 4-year toothfish licenses

The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has launched the next toothfish licensing round. The documentation offered provides information for anyone applying for a license to fish for toothfish in the South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands Maritime Zone for the years 2018 – 2021. The deadline for applications is 10 December, according to the latest …

Australia increases its toothfish quota

Based on the latest scientific assessments, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Commission has decided to raise the total allowable catch (TAC) for Patagonian toothfish and to slightly decline the mackerel icefish TAC for the Heard and McDonald Islands Fishery season. AFMA informed that for the season starting on December 1, the Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) TAC will be 3,525 …

COLTO at CCAMLR 2017

This year’s CCAMLR meeting marked an historic moment for COLTO, with the COLTO flag being flown outside the CCAMLR building for the first time (alas, we couldn’t control the lack of wind!). Once again, we were delighted to be able to promote collaboration between the fishing industry and science by sponsoring the 2016/17 CCAMLR tag return lottery. This year’s winners …

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 …