3rd January 2012: Russian Toothfish vessel free from ice

A Russian toothfish vessel (not a COLTO member) with a damaged hull that was trapped in Antarctica for nearly two weeks has been patched up and freed from ice, rescue workers said today.    The Sparta had been stranded on the Antarctic ice shelf around 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km) southeast of New Zealand after ice ripped a hole in …

22nd December 2011: Draft Report for HIMI toothfish

The Australian Heard Island & McDonald Islands Patagonian toothfish fishery is now approaching the final stages of Marine Stewardship Council review. The MSC draft report was compiled by Scientific Certification Systems and is now available on the MSC website.  The public comment period ends January 16th 2012. If successful, HIMI will be the third toothfish fishery to achieve the gold …

16th November 2011: Galician shipowner condemned for fraud

The Provincial Court of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria condemned the shipowner Manuel Antonio Vidal Pego, from Ribeira (A Coruña) for having committed fraud. The sentence states that the fraudster will be in prison for a year and eight months and will have to pay a daily fine of EUR 15 for eight months. In addition, the company shall indemnify …

14 November 2011: New study on evironmental impacts of MSC programme published.

The Marine Stewardship Council has released the results of an independent study that shows quantifiable, progressive improvement of the environmental performance of MSC certified fisheries over time.  A summary of the report can be found here. This is good news for COLTO members and their associated toothfish (also known as Chilean sea bass) fisheries, of which two are currently MSC certified, with several …

4th November 2011: CCAMLR results “astounding”

Today saw the completion of the 30th annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia.  CCAMLR has 26 member nations and is part of the Antarctic Treaty System.   It is responsible for the balance of the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources and their rational use. Members of the Coalition of …

23 Sep 2011: COLTO member awarded Nuffield Scholarship

COLTO member from Austral Fisheries, Rhys Arangio, has been awarded a 2012 Nuffield Scholarship, sponsored by Woolworths and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.  Rhys is planning on looking into ways to mitigate marine mammal depredation in toothfishing operations. To view the Media Release click on the link below: 2012 Nuffield Scholarship – FRDC and Woolworths Media Release

25 May 2011: COLTO Inc.

COLTO has successfully applied to the Commissioner for Fair Trading in Western Australia and has become an Incorporated Association. The following are the Articles of Association for COLTO Inc. Certificate of Incorporation Articles of Association

10 May 2011: Third fishery for Austral Fisheries & Australian Longline enters full assessment against the MSC standard

The Macquarie Island toothfish fishery, operated by Austral Fisheries and Australian Longline, has entered full assessment for MSC certification. This is the Australian operators’ third fishery to undergo MSC assessment with their HIMI mackerel icefish fishery successfully gaining MSC certification in 2006, and their HIMI toothfish fishery currently undergoing full assessment. Independent certification body Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), will evaluate …

28 April 2011: The toothfish bites back: The story behind the reduction of illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean.

References: Österblom, H., Sumaila, U.R., Toothfish crises, actor diversity and the emergence of compliance mechanisms in the Southern Ocean.Global Environ. Change (2011) Previous research has shown how Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing (IUU) has proven so resilient to international enforcement measures that it should be included in the definition of organised crime. Illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean of the …

2 April 2011: Longline TAC set for Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery

The Hon. Tony Burke, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has supported the introduction of demersal longlining in the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery (MITF). The AFMA Commission sought Minister Burke’s support following the successful trial of the fishing method over four seasons from 2007 to 2010 which showed that Patagonian Toothfish could be effectively targeted by longlining. In …

18 Nov 2010: Ross Sea toothfish longline fishery gains MSC certification

The Ross Sea Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni) longline fishery has been awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification following a rigorous, independent assessment against the MSC standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.  Products from this fishery may now bear the MSC ecolabel, identifying their origin from a sustainable source. Only products that originate from the certified fishery are eligible to bear …

18 Nov 2010: Southern Ocean toothfish fishery to enter full assessment against the MSC standard

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has announed the Austral Fisheries’ and Australian Longline’s Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) toothfish fishery has entered full assessment for MSC certification. To be conducted by independent certification body Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), the assessment will evaluate the Southern Ocean fishery against the MSC standard for well-managed and sustainable fisheries, which examines the sustainability of the …

15 July 2010: Forensic techniques boost MSC traceability programme

Independent DNA tests on 240 random samples have shown that MSC certified fish continues to perform well in traceability tests. All of the samples showed that they came from the fish labelled on the pack and none of the products was mislabelled. These early results establish DNA analysis as a valuable tool in combating the fraudulent use of ecolabels. As …

27 Nov 2009: MSC assessment of Ross Sea toothfish – update

MSC assessment of Ross Sea toothfish – update On 18th Nov 2009, the Final Report and Determination of the Ross Sea toothfish fishery was released by the independent certifier Moody Marine – this is not a final certification result. This fishery is not certified to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard – there is now a 15 working day period …

1 Oct 2009: French toothfish fisheries from Reunion Island embark on the MSC journey

French toothfish fishers, under the auspices of the Reunion Freezer Longliner Shipowners Association (SARPC for its French acronym) have applied for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment to demonstrate the sustainability of their fishing practices. The SARPC was formed by six fishing companies which have authorization and licenses to capture toothfish in the French Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of the Kerguelen …

17 Sep 2009: South Georgia toothfish recertified with flying colours

Following its five-yearly Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) re-assessment, the South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has been re-certified as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. Marketed in the United States as Chilean sea-bass, it is the only Chilean sea-bass available from a certified sustainable source. The fishery scored particularly highly on its re-assessment with scores over 90 (out of 100) for …

11 Sep 2009: South Georgia Patagonian Toothfish – Longline

“WE DON’T HAVE a population in South Georgia, only a small team of scientists who live on the island,” says Harriet Hall, Director of Fisheries for the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. As a result, this remote Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom has no industry and no income tax to generate revenue for government projects …