We stand for a sustainable future.
Patagonian Toothfish is one the most tightly regulated species in the world. This has helped to protect the fisheries and ensure a very sustainable future.
As over 90% Toothfish are caught in the southern oceans close to Antarctic, it made sense for the species to falls under the regulations of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).
CCAMLR conservation measures support a suite of monitoring and compliance systems and tools. Member countries (including Argentina) implement and enforce compliance systems that include vessel licensing, monitoring of vessel movements, monitoring of vessel transshipments, the System of Inspection, the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), and the Dissodichus Catch Documents (DCD) which gives full traceability of the products origin.
We mean it.
Together with Argentine national authorities, Pesantar has implemented a number of sustainably-oriented measures in the fishery by:
- Drastically reducing the TAC in 2004
- Setting Individual Transferable Catch Quotas per vessel for a 15-year period
- Requiring the fleet to be monitored by VMS
- Requiring the fleet to operate in waters deeper than 800m
- Establishing a tagging program to track migration
- Strictly enforcing DCD
- Establishing non-fishing areas with strong juvenile presence
These regulations have been consistently implemented in the last 10-15 years. Thanks to this sustainability drive, only four vessels operate in the Toothfish fishery.