Flying the flag for collaboration in tackling illegal fishing

09 Nov 2017
This year’s CCAMLR meeting marked an historic moment for COLTO as its flag was flown outside the building for the first time

This year’s CCAMLR meeting marked an historic moment for COLTO as its flag was flown outside the building for the first time

Two organisations have been flying the flag for collaboration between the fishing industry and academia to help tackle Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing.

The Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators (COLTO) attended this year’s annual convention of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) as sponsors of the 2016/17 CCAMLR tag return lottery.

This year’s winners were selected at random by the Secretariat from tag returns in CCAMLR’s New and Exploratory fisheries.

Tag return

In first place was the Korean flagged vessel, Kingstar, tagging an Antarctic toothfish in Division 58.4 on 19 February 2015, which was recaptured 15km away by the same vessel on 9 March 2017 (749 days later), still in the same Research block.

Second prize went to the Japanese flagged vessel, Shinsei Maru No. 3, tagging an Antarctic toothfish in Subarea 48.6 on 9 January 2016, which was recaptured 6km away by the same vessel on the 26 March 2017 (442 days later), still in the same Research block.

Third prize went to the South African flagged vessel, Koryo Maru No. 11, tagging an Antarctic toothfish in Subarea 48.6 on 19 January 2016, which was recaptured 3km away by the same vessel on the 9 March 2017 (371 days later), still in the same Research block.

COLTO said that it’s thanks to the crew and officers of the many fishing boats participating in the mark-recapture processe that are helping the industry to better understand the stock dynamics of toothfish.

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