Toothfish fishers MSC certified
The toothfish fishery in the southern Indian Ocean has been MSC certified
French toothfish fishers in the Kerguelen plateau have been granted Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
Under the auspices of the SARPC (Syndicat des Armements Réunionnais de Palangriers Congélateurs or Reunion Freezer Longliner Shipowners Association), the assessment confirmed the sustainability of the fishery and has led to the consolidation of stock assessment methodologies for Patagonian Toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) in the southern Indian Ocean.
French toothfish fishing zones lie where the cold waters of the Antarctic converge, between the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties in the south Indian Ocean. The demersal longline toothfish fishery operates in the French Southern and Antarctic Seas (TAAF), in the French Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Kerguelen plateau.
The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) is around 5,100t and is divided among the SARPC’s six fishing companies, which operate seven longline vessels.
“The French toothfish fishers’ commitment focuses on conserving resources. The assessment for MSC certification improved the collaboration between the Natural History Museum’s scientists, the shipping companies, the authorities and CCAMLR. This work has resulted in greater transparency in setting TACs, increased the frequency of stock assessments and harmonised stock assessment methodology with that of CCAMLR. The other actions set up for the next five years of certification, will ensure that we remain very deeply involved in an approach of continual improvement of our fishery”, explained SARPC’s President, Yannick Lauri.
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