Southern red king crab bottom trap, Argentina. — MSC
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Southern red king crab bottom trap, Argentina.

Number of fisheries: 1


Southern red king crab (Lithodes santolla)

MSC assessment status

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

Fishery location

Federal waters of the Argentine Continental Shelf, within the Argentine Economic Exclusive Zone.

Fishing method


Fishery management

The management authority is the "Consejo Federal Pesquero". The application authority is the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries ("Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca") whilst the scientific authority is the "Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones y Desarrollo Pesquero (INIDEP). The Sub-secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture has delegated responsibility for fisheries activity.

Commercial market

At present, all production is exported to the USA and marketed as:

1. Clusters,
2. Meros (4th leg segment to the third),
3. Meat (pulp and peeled legs) and
4. Claws (entire, not peeled).

Assessment timeline

The assessment process is scheduled for completion around 3September 2011. Please see the download section for a detailed assessment timeline.

The target eligibility date for these fisheries is the 1st March 2010.

The MSC ecolabel can only be applied to product from certified fisheries. The MSC program does allow, in certain circumstances and within strict traceability requirements, the MSC ecolabel to be applied following certification to product caught before the actual date of certification. The target eligibility date therefore represents the date from which products may become eligible to carry the MSC ecolabel, however they cannot be sold until and if the fishery is certified. The actual eligibility date will be determined if the fishery is certified to the MSC standard.

To find out more about when fish from this fishery may be sold with the MSC ecolabel, please follow this link (

Tonnage of the fishery

The fishery landings have never been greater than 367 metric tonnes (2006).

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