21st April 2013: Toothfish numbers declared sustainable

ABC TV- 7pm news report Tasmania’s toothfish fishery has been declared sustainable by two influential bodies following adjustments in fishing methods. Just 15 years ago the fishery was on the verge of being decimated by poachers in the Southern Ocean. In an unusual partnership, environmentalists and the industry campaigned together to encourage consumer boycotts as well as increased surveillance at …

18th April 2013: COLTO Member announces support for Ross Sea MPA

COLTO Member, Sanford Ltd, have announced their support for a Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea via a press release this week: Sanford to back NZ-USA Ross Sea protection if tougher rules put on fishing vessels. Sanford are a New Zealand fishing company that participates in the Ross Sea Fishery for Antarctic Toothfish, which is managed under strict environmental …

16th April 2013: The Freshest Fish from Unpolluted Oceans

FIS.com have produced an article on COLTO Member, San Arawa – detailing their Argentinian operation: Argentine fishing company San Arawa performs its fishing operations in the Southwestern Atlantic, mostly in water masses of the Malvinas Currents of under their strong influence. This is the only region in the Southern Hemisphere where certain specific environmental and oceanographic conditions occur, in the southwest of …

11th April 2013: South Africa makes conservation history by declaring Prince Edwards Islands a marine protected area

WWF-South Africa is elated over Minister Edna Molewa’s recent formal announcement of the declaration of the Prince Edward Islands as a marine protected area (MPA) – Africa`s first offshore MPA. Dr Morné du Plessis, WWF-SA’s Chief Executive says, “This is a historic day for marine conservation in South Africa. This declaration demonstrates South Africa’s new commitment to protecting the Prince …

10th April 2013: Falkland Islands’ toothfish fishery awarded ‘Best Choice’ rating by Seafood Watch

The Falkland Island Toothfish fishery is one of the three toothfish fisheries around the world awarded a category of “Best Choice” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program. Seafood Watch is the most well-known and trusted source in North America for consumers and businesses seeking information about environmentally responsible seafood choices. “Assessment of the suite of toothfish fisheries took …

9th April 2013: Australian Government welcomes news for ‘Best Choice’ Toothfish

Australian toothfish – the sustainable choice The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has welcomed news that Australian-caught Patagonian toothfish has been labeled as ‘best choice’ by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. The Seafood Watch program advises global consumers on seafood sustainability using independent peer-reviewed science and is highly regarded worldwide. Australia has two fisheries for Patagonian toothfish (also known …

9th April 2013: Monterey Bay Aquarium reviews toothfish ratings. Positive results.

Independent review by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has confirmed a number of toothfish fisheries are now rated as either ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’, up from its previous ratings of ‘Avoid’. Seafood Watch is the most well-known and trusted source in North America for consumers and businesses seeking information about environmentally responsible seafood choices. The following media releases …

22nd March 2013: DNA results confirm integrity of MSC Chain of Custody

Consumers and seafood buyers in key markets across the world can be confident that products bearing the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel are correctly labelled, according to the latest results of the MSC’s DNA testing program, published today. In the most extensive testing of MSC labelled products carried out to date, 381 samples taken from retail packed products, fresh fish counters, …

21 March 2013: Argentine Toothfish fishery enters MSC assessment

The Argentine Patagonian toothfish fishery operating in Argentine Federal Continental Shelf waters has entered into full assessment for Marine Stewardship Council certification. The client group for the assessment is comprised of four companies: Estremar S.A., Pesantar S.A., Argenova S.A., and San Arawa S.A. Combined the companies have seven vessels and are assigned the entire total allowable catch (TAC) for the …

11th March 2013: Toothfish farming

Under the worldwide pioneer project consisting in farming Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) in captivity, researchers of La Araucana Education Corporation recently obtained the first larvae from wild broodstock. Now, it is expected that in the next six years technology can start to be transferred to the producer industry. “From now on, the work will not be as difficult as there is more information available and …

26th Feb 2013: Amendments Improve Macquarie Island Toothfish Plan

Recently, amendments were made and accepted to the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery Management Plan, changing the dates of the fishing year from a fixed term to a ‘period determined by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA)  in line with AFMA’s general legislative reforms. AFMA has changed the end of the current fishing season, to April 30, two weeks later than …

25th Feb 2013: South Georgia Toothfish Fishery commended

Foreign Office pledges more marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean. The Foreign Office said that the UK is striving to ensure that all fishing undertaken in the Southern Ocean is carefully managed and sustainable and that the current FCO focus is supporting international work to establish a network of Southern Ocean Marine Protected Areas. Foreign Office Minister for the …

21st Feb 2013: MSC responds to Ross Sea certification debate

The Marine Stewardship Council has responded to debate surrounding its certification of the Ross Sea toothfish fishery. The Chief Executive of the MSC, Rupert Howes, stated that each fishery stood or fell on the science and the evidence when it was put forward for assessment.  The Ross Sea toothfish fishery had been found to meet the standards and was therefore certified, …

6th Feb 2013: Farming Chilean Sea Bass

CHILE   Fattening phase of Chilean sea bass in captivity begins Since 2008, La Araucana Education Corporation is leading a global pioneer project for Chilean sea bass (Dissostichus eleginoides) in depth farming in captivity. Fundación Chile and other institutions also participate in the initiative for national aquaculture diversification. As explained by Antonio Castilla, president of La Araucana Compensation Fund, and Nelson …

22nd Jan 2013: Additional Protected Areas for South Georgia Fishery

Scientific advice and a stakeholder consultation have resulted in the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) announcing the addition of extra spatial and temporal protection to the existing South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area (SGSSI MPA). Additional measures will add extra protection to the SGSSI MPA, which was created in February 2012 and covers …

21st Jan 2013: Scientist heads south to study Toothfish

Dr Steve Parker, of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research flies to Scott Base on Ross Island this week to board a COLTO Member’s (Sanford) fishing vessel in the Ross Sea, to conduct a fishing survey targeting juvenile Antarctic Toothfish between 5 and 10 years old in the Ross Sea region. Dr Parker said information on how large or …

9th Jan 2013: New Toothfish Recipe

Australian chef, Paul Cooper, has provided his recipe for Carpaccio of Toothfish, which has been a recent hit at his Sydney restaurant, Bishop Sessa.

4th Jan 2013: Want to know where your toothfish is coming from?

We have provided an updated map indicating the Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for toothfish for the current 2012/13 season.  Most of these toothfish TACs were set by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), following internationally peer reviewed science at the 2012 CCAMLR meeting last October in Hobart.  TACs set for Chile, Argentina and Macquarie Island …

11th December 2012: COLTO sponsors toothfish tagging program

COLTO is proud to announce that it will be sponsoring the CCAMLR toothfish tagging program for New and Exploratory Fisheries for the current 2012/13 season.  All retrieved tags from toothfish caught in CCAMLR’s New and Exploratory fisheries this season will go into the draw to win part of the AUD$1,000 prize pool, drawn at next year’s CCAMLR meeting. More details …

5th December 2012: COLTO function at CCAMLR

During this year’s CCAMLR meeting, COLTO hosted a function to celebrate the collaborative work of CCAMLR, Governments, scientists, industry and NGOs in their approach to conserving the Antarctic ecosystem and fisheries over the years, which has included the significant reduction of IUU fishing for Toothfish in the Southern Ocean, the reduction to near zero levels of accidental seabird mortality in …

4th December: Feel-Good Toothfish

So you want to buy some sustainable seafood?  Great, you’re right on trend.  Read today’s article from The Australian newspaper about Austral Fisheries’ MSC certified toothfish from Australia’s Heard Island & McDonald Islands.

2nd December 2012: Falklands’ fishing company seeking good management label from MSC

For the first time a Falkland Islands fishing company is seeking to have its good management certified by the internationally recognised Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).  Consolidated Fisheries’ Janet Robertson speaks to Penguin News about the Falkland Islands toothfish fishery undergoing assessment for a sustainable and well managed fishery.

30th November 2012: COLTO Members at AGM

During this year’s CCAMLR meeting, COLTO held its Annual General Meeting. Here were some of the attendees from the Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators:

9th November 2012: Australian toothfish MSC video

Austral Fisheries have added a quick slideshow to YouTube from their Marine Stewardship Council certification launch for Heard Island Toothfish.  COLTO members Austral Fisheries and Australian Longline both fish for MSC certified Patagonian toothfish in Australian waters.

7th November 2012: CCAMLR strengthens marine conservation in Antarctica

Last Thursday saw the close to the 2012 CCAMLR meeting, the 31st of its kind.  While it was disappointing that there was not a consensus on MPAs in Antarctic waters, there will be a CCAMLR special meeting (only the 2nd ever) held in July next year to discuss this topic further. Positive outcomes were seen in CCAMLR’s toothfish fisheries with …

3rd November 2012: COLTO intervention at CCAMLR 2012

COLTO Chairman, Martin Exel, read the following intervention on behalf of COLTO to the CCAMLR Commission in Hobart on 31st October 2012:   COLTO would like to thank CCAMLR for the opportunity to again participate as observers.   Our 39 members represent over 80% of all legal toothfish catches, and are from 11 countries. This past year has seen some significant …

25th October 2012: New video on seabird smart fishing

COLTO is very pleased to announce the launch of the video ‘Seabird Smart Fishing – a Collaborative Approach’ produced by the Southern Seabird Solutions Trust. The video showcases three fisheries – the Antarctic autoline fishery, the New Zealand deepwater trawl fleet and the Chilean toothfish fishery.  It provides an overview of the effective initiatives and very positive results in reducing seabird …

15th October 2012: Greenies Sacrifice Humpbacks for Toothfish

By Gareth Morgan, http://garethsworld.com/ Recently the green NGOs accused the Government of siding with the fishing industry when they refused to back a United States proposal for marine protection in the Ross Sea. Is the Government kowtowing to industry as they suggest, or is this yet another green own goal? The US proposal preferred by the greenies is not as …

15th October 2012: Drilling down for the cold hard facts on the Ross Sea

From The NZ Herald: Dr Gareth Morgan describes environmental groups campaigning for a closure of the Ross Sea toothfish fishery as “ideological nutters” and notes that their campaign relies on misconceptions and misinformation. In the most recent salvo in this debate, Dr David Ainley and Dr Clive Evans provide their opinion as scientists who “have spent numerous seasons conducting research …

2nd October 2012: Patagonian Toothfish – set to be a star on menus

Seafood writer, John Susman of FishTales, tells his delicious experience of Patagonian Toothfish in Japan and what is now a regular on Japanese chef, Raita Noda’s Ocean Room in Sydney and celebrity chef, Nobu Matsuhisa’s 24 venue Nobu chain around the world. Read Susman’s Patagonian Toothfish – set to be a star on menus.

2nd October 2012: Patagonian Toothfish Future Certified

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation magazine published Patagonian Toothfish Future Certified in the September issue of their FISH magazine.  The article goes into detail of the status of Australia’s Heard Island Toothfish fishery.

12th September 2012: Ross Sea FAQs

The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council has provided us with a FAQ document on Antarctic toothfish and the Ross Sea. Also, the Marine Stewardship Council has provided us with the Fishery Fact Sheet for the Ross Sea Toothfish Fishery.

7th September 2012: Want to know more about MSC?

As four toothfish fisheries operated by COLTO members are now certified as sustainable and well managed fisheries by the Marine Stewardship Council, and three more currently undergoing assessment, you are probably wondering ‘What does MSC certification really mean?’ If so, the MSC have provided us with an interesting and informative video, explaining the MSC certification process and how it came …

22 August 2012: Sixth Toothfish Fishery to be Assessed

COLTO PRESS RELEASE The Falkland Islands Longline Patagonian Toothfish Fishery has become the sixth Toothfish fishery to undergo full assessment under the independent Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) accreditation scheme. This follows four toothfish fisheries that are already MSC certified as sustainable and well managed, and a fifth that is currently also under assessment. Martin Exel, COLTO Chairman, said today it …

31 July 2012: New COLTO member, Mark Foods

COLTO would like to welcome its newest associate member, Markfoods, the largest provider of MSC-certified toothfish in the USA. For more information, please take the time to visit their website, which includes an overview of the process of following the MSC chain of custody from the boat to the plate: www.markfoods.com

30 July 2012: Ross Sea well managed and sustainable

The New Zealand Seafood Industry released details today demonstrating that the New Zealand fishing industry involvement in the Ross Sea fishery is responsible and sustainable and notes that the area is well managed.  Read the full Ross Sea toothfish fishery press release.

18 June 2012: EU and Japan cooperate on IUU fishing

COLTO congratulates the European Union and Japan on the recent signing of a joint agreement to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.  COLTO welcomes this cooperation between the world’s two largest seafood importers and encourages other countries to take similar initiatives. EU IUU Press Release Japan IUU Press Release

1 June 2012: Second Australian toothfish fishery certified sustainable

COLTO is pleased to see that Australia’s Macquarie Island Patagonian Toothfish fishery has been recognised as a sustainable and well managed fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council. The Macquarie Island fishery is now the fourth toothfish fishery to receive MSC certification, following certification of the South Georgia, the Ross Sea and Heard and McDonald Islands fisheries.  The latest certification means …

1 June 2012: Time for toothfish to come off the red lists

Seafoodnews.com editor John Sackton commented yesterday about the need to recognise the positive progress made in reducing IUU and ensuring sustanable toothfish fishing. See the video for ‘Time for toothfish to come off the red lists‘. The transcript from the video is below.   Is it time to re-introduce toothfish to the US market (video) SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by John Sackton …

31 May 2012: COLTO “..second most important organisation in addressing IUU fishing in the Southern Ocean”

A new Stockholm Resilience Centre paper titled ‘Global Cooperation among Diverse Organisations to Reduce Illegal Fishing in the Southern Ocean‘ has been published in Conservation Biology.  The paper examined collaboration between 117 organisations and ranked COLTO as the second most important organisation in addressing IUU fishing for toothfish in the Southern Ocean. The paper requires a subscription to Conservation Biology …

2 May 2012: Papers on IUU fishing in the Southern Ocean

Two papers on IUU fishing in the Southern Ocean have recently been published by Stockholm Resilience Centre: Adapting to Regional Enforcement: Fishing Down the Governance Index Illegal Fishing and the Organised Crime Analogy For additional information on these papers, contact Henrik Osterblom: henrik.osterblom@stockholmresilience.su.se

23rd April 2012: New COLTO Member, Kendell Seafood

COLTO would like to welcome another addition to its membership list, Kendell Seafood Imports, of Rhode Island in the USA.  Kendell takes pride in distributing sustainably sourced Patagonian Toothfish (aka Chilean Sea Bass).  For more information, please take the time to visit their website: www.kendellseafood.com

19 March 2012: New COLTO Member San Arawa S.A.

COLTO would like to welcome its newest member, San Arawa S.A. and extend its congratulations to its President Mr Eduardo Gonzalez Lemmi and his team.  For more information about San Arawa S.A. visit their website at: www.sanarawa.com

16th March 2012: HIMI Toothfish receives MSC certification

On a day that the Marine Stewardship Council is celebrating Sustainable Seafood Day, COLTO is pleased to announce that Australia’s Heard Island & McDonald Islands (HIMI) Patagonian Toothfish fishery has been recognised as a sustainable and well managed fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council.  Read the MSC HIMI toothfish press release. The HIMI fishery is now the third toothfish fishery …

9th February 2012: International Sustainability Unit reports

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, established the International Sustainability Unit to facilitate consensus on how to resolve some of the key environmental challenges facing the world – such as food security, ecosystem resilience and the depletion of Natural Capital. The ISU’s Marine Programme was initiated to help strengthen consensus around the best solutions for the sustainable management of wild marine …