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The toothfish fishery has recently been re-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as being sustainably managed. (Photo: Mercopress)

Toothfish quota cut for South Georgia

S. GEORGIA & S. SANDWICH
Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 03:10 (GMT + 9)


The South Georgia toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) quota dropped from 2800 tonnes to 1800 tonnes this year, with a reduction in the number of vessels from 9 to 6, confirmed the Senior Executive of the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) Martin Collins.

Mr Collins explained that this is based, “… on the latest scientific advice from our scientific consultants (MRAG).”

Licensing for toothfish in South Georgia waters took place last month.

He added, “The fishery is managed within the CCAMLR framework and many of the conservation measures are decided by CCAMLR.  Many are aimed at reducing bird by-catch, which was previously a major issue and include the seasonal closures, line-weighting regimes and night setting regulations.  Only four birds have been killed in the last four seasons.”

The Pharos SG patrols the SGMZ every month, inspecting licensed vessels and looking out for any illegal vessels.  Mr Collins said the South Georgia Government was not aware of any illegal activity since the trawler Elqui five years ago.  The Government Officers inspect all vessels at King Edward Point before licences are issued. All vessels carry observers.

Asked how policing is undertaken while the Pharos is in dry dock, as it is presently, Mr Collins said, “For obvious reasons, our preference is that the movements of the patrol vessel are not made public. The Pharos is not our only means of surveillance and, in addition, every vessel visiting South Georgia is asked to report back to GSGSSI on any fishing vessels they encounter.”

South Georgia licenses are also allocated for ice fish and krill. Mr Collins said, “Icefish licensing has already happened with 2305 tonnes of quota allocated to four vessels (three Falkland Islands flagged and one Chilean). The krill fishery at South Georgia is largely a winter one and information for applicants will be circulated shortly.”

The toothfish fishery takes around 2500 tonnes of toothfish per year and in the 2010 season involved 9 vessels from six flag states (UK, Spain, NZ, Chile, Uruguay and South Africa). All vessels carry an international observer throughout the fishing season. There is a small by-catch of grenadiers (around 100 tonnes) and skates, but most of the latter are released alive.

The fishery has recently been re-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as being sustainably managed. This is the most important fishery for South Georgia, with licenses generating around GBP 2.5 million in income.

Source: Lisa Watson/Mercopress

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