Certifier : 
ME Certification Limited
Certified status : 
Certified
Certified since : 
29 Aug 2013
Certificate expires : 
02 Sep 2018

About

This fishery is located in the Southern Ocean within the EEZ of the Terres Australes at Antarctiques Françaises, around the islands of Kerguelen and Crozet. It was certified as sustainable in 2013. Within the fishery, seven vessels use bottom set longline to target the Patagonian toothfish (also sold as Chilean seabass).

The Patagonian toothfish is a long-lived species, living for more than 50 years and reaching more than 2m in length and 95kg in weight. Its main predators are sperm whales, sea lions and elephant seals. As the fish grow, they move to deeper waters. 

Fishing is forbidden in territorial waters, waters shallower than 500m and in protected areas. Lines (baited with mackerel, horse mackerel and squid) are set at depths from 500m down to around 2000m, and are always deployed at night to mitigate bird mortality. All boats fish continuously for several months at a time before landing the catch at Le Port in Réunion.

Toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book