Certifier : 
Organizacion Internacional Agropecuaria (OIA)
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Certified since : 
22 May 2012
Certificate expires : 
05 Sep 2023


Hoki is widely distributed in the waters to the south of Argentina. It is caught by a number of fleets, most of which also target other species such as hake. The fish is usually frozen on board, and may be processed into surimi.

The freezer trawler fleet consists of vessels ranging from 29m to 118m operating bottom and semi-pelagic trawl nets.

The gear used is mainly the bottom trawl, but some vessels which specialize in hoki use semi-pelagic trawls. All trawl vessels in Argentina are required to have nets with a minimum mesh size of 120mm.

The fishery is currently working to improve scientific research into stock levels and possible impacts on the seabed, in order to ensure catch levels and management are sustainable in the long term. 

Argentine Hoki Macruronus magellanicus illustration © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book