The Macquarie Island toothfish fishery (MITF) – operated by Austral Fisheries and Australian Longline – has gained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification following a rigorous, independent assessment against the MSC standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.
This is the second Australian toothfish fishery to achieve MSC certification in recent times, with the Heard and McDonald Islands toothfish fishery also gaining certification in March this year. Now, almost a third of the world’s legally harvested toothfish is certified sustainable by the MSC. In total the four MSC certified toothfish fisheries worldwide make up 31 per cent of the global legal toothfish catch.
The MITF has demonstrated, through an independent assessment lead by experts from Scientific Certification Systems based in the US, the toothfish stocks being targeted are healthy, its fishing practices have minimal impact on the marine ecosystem and overall the fishery is well managed. Products from this fishery may now bear the MSC ecolabel, identifying their origin as being from a sustainable source.