COLTO represents international legal toothfish operators. Support legal and sustainable toothfish fishing.
Legal toothfish fishing occurs in a number of regions around the Antarctica continent, in the high seas waters of the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic, as well as in several Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the Southern Oceans. An EEZ is a declared region of water, out to 200 nautical miles from the coastline of a country, which that country is responsible for in terms of resource management and control over fishing and other activities.
COLTO members operate in many of these regions, including waters surrounding territories of New Zealand, Australia, France, South Africa, Chile, and Falkland Island/Isles Malvinas. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous operators who also choose to operate illegally in those regions, and COLTO members are working together within industry, governments and conservation groups to eliminate these illegal activities.In total, COLTO members and supporters represent legal catchers of more than 50% of the total global legal production of toothfish. In total, COLTO members vessels legally catch over 15,000 tonnes of toothfish per annum.
Please direct all enquiries to COLTO via email. We will endeavour to reply to you as quickly as possible. COLTO welcomes new information on IUU activity and we thank you for your feedback.