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South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline

South Georgia Patagonian Toothfish Longline Fishery

Certified as sustainable in March 2004.
Recertified on the 17th September 2009.

The Conformity Assessment Body, Intertek Moody Marine, has announced that the South Georgia Patagonian toothfish longline fishery has entered full reassessment for the second time. 

For the assessment details, please refer to the assessment downloads section. For further information, contact the Conformity Assessment Body.

Summary

Species: South Georgia Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides)
Location: Around the island of South Georgia and the plateau to the west around Shag Rocks
Fishing methods: Bottom set longlines
Number of fisheries: 1

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More about Patagonian toothfish

The Patagonian toothfish inhabits deep waters. Larger animals are typically found at between 200 and 2000 metres, younger fish inhabit shallower areas. It lives in cold waters off Peru, Chile and New Zealand in the Pacific, and Argentina and the Falkland Islands in the Atlantic, and around many sub-Antarctic islands and seamounts from South Georgia in the west to Macquarie Islands in the east. It is slow growing and long lived with a maximum length of over 2 metres and maximum age of 24 years. Females mature at or in excess of ten years, at a length of roughly 90-100 cm, while males mature at a somewhat smaller size and younger age.

More about the fishing methods

The fishing method is bottom set longlines, used only in winter months, between May and August.

Tonnage

3,500 tonnes

Commercial market

The main markets for Patagonian Toothfish is in the USA, EU and Japan.

 

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