Argentine Patagonian toothfish fishery enters assessment

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The Argentine Patagonian toothfish fishery operating in Argentine Federal Continental Shelf waters has entered into full MSC assessment.

Four companies make up the client group under assessment: Estremar S.A., Pesantar S.A., Argenova S.A., and San Arawa S.A. These companies have seven vessels altogether and are assigned the entire TAC for this species in the Argentine Sea. The method of catch is bottom trawl, bottom longline, and trap. Fishing takes place year-round and the TAC was set at 3,500 tons in 2012.

Patagonian toothfish from Argentina is a high-value species and is primarily exported to the United States, Japan, and European Union.

Marcelo Gonzalez, representative for the client group, says: “We are confident the excellent management of the resource carried out by Argentine fishery management agencies, working together with scientists and industry, will be rewarded with MSC certification, as proof of the sustainability of this fishery, its strong management, its thorough investigation and the sound fishing practices of the four companies authorised.”

It is expected the assessment will take seven months to complete. 

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