- Certifier :
- Lloyds Register (Acoura)
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 16 Nov 2010
- Certificate expires :
- 12 Jul 2026
The Ross Sea toothfish fishery operates near Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. It opened in 1996 and has been managed, from the outset, as an exploratory fishery.
This categorisation ensures that biological data is provided by each fishing vessel and that a precautionary total allowable catch is set. Stock assessments are carried out annually and current assessments estimate the stock levels at approximately 80% of the original biomass.
The fishery has mandatory 100% observation of fishing activities and strict requirements to avoid the incidental bycatch of seabirds. The fishery is also contributing to the process of identifying potential Marine Protected Areas.
Gear use is regulated and only bottom set longlines are permitted. Much of the bait used is squid and mackerel from fisheries on assessed and managed stocks in New Zealand.