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Falklands : Independent review by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program says Put Tooth-fish on Your Table
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 13.04.2013 (Article Archived on 27.04.2013)

A number of tooth-fish fisheries are now rated as either ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good alternative’, up from its previous ratings of ‘Avoid’ by an Independent review of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.





Independent
review by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program says Put Tooth-fish on
Your Table



By J. Brock (FINN)



A number of
tooth-fish fisheries are now rated as either ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good alternative’,
up from its previous ratings of ‘Avoid’ by an Independent review of the
Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.  Seafood Watch is the most
well-known and trusted source in North America for consumers and businesses
seeking information about environmentally responsible seafood choices.



Chilean sea bass, also known as
Patagonian tooth-fish, sourced from Heard and McDonald Islands, the Falkland
Islands and Macquarie Island has now been rated as "Best Choice,"
according to the confirmation by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s
Seafood Watch programme.



 



The programme also confirmed that
Ross Sea Antarctic tooth-fish and Patagonian toothfish from South Georgia and
Kerguelen are "Good Alternatives," and tooth-fish from Crozet
Islands, Prince Edward and Marion Islands and Chile are on the
"Avoid" list.





Four of the tooth-fish fisheries have been certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council
(MSC).



Dr. Tom
Pickerell, Senior Science Manager at Seafood Watch said that in order to be
confident in our results, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has
a rigorous process that ensures that all the relevant data are analysed and our
findings peer reviewed. While some may consider a recommendation to buy tooth-fish
somewhat controversial, we are confident in our analyses and the industry has
demonstrated that it is possible to harvest this species in a responsible
manner.



Commenting on the“...collaboration between industry and
conservation, working with scientists and managers to address problems, has
produced extraordinary results,” Martin Exel, Chair of COLTO, continued that“ It
is one of the most exciting outcomes in global fisheries – a model of how well
fisheries management actions can work.”



Fifteen
years ago the industry, conservation groups, and national governments began a
major collaborative action to eliminate illegal, unregulated and unreported
(IUU) tooth-fish fishing, to devise new methods to reduce seabird by-catch, and
to ensure sustainable management of tooth-fish.



Significantly
there has been a 95% decline in IUU catches of Patagonian tooth-fish since
then. There are remnants of IUU fishing for Antarctic tooth-fish in high seas
areas of the Indian Ocean, outside national jurisdictional controls, which are
still being addressed. COLTO operators continue as prime deterrents to IUU
operations in those remote regions.



In Chile the
use of bird mitigation measures called ‘cach-a-loteras’ on long-line fishing
vessels reduced the by-catch of albatross to zero.  In New Zealand,
development of integrated weighting line virtually eliminated seabird by-catch
for auto-line tooth-fish vessels, globally.



The positive
outcomes from the Monterey Bay Aquarium confirm separate independent reviews of
tooth-fish fisheries, including by national governments, the 25 member-nation
resource conservation agency CCAMLR, and by the Marine Stewardship Council.



“Put tooth-fish
on your table” is the message, said Martin. Tooth-fish are sustainable, healthy
and delicious.  People should eat tooth-fish with confidence, particularly
where catch documentation and tracking schemes can prove where the tooth-fish
on your plate has come from.



Source: Monterey
Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program



 

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