Coming from the coldest southern waters of the Argentine Sea, the Patagonian toothfish stands out for its quality worldwide.
We are aware that our Argentine Sea, like all the seas in the world, is fragile and its resources are not inexhaustible. Therefore, fishing must be done in a way that produce the least possible impact on the ecosystem, it must be based on the best available scientific advice, and respect the rules that regulate the activity. Responsible fishing practices allow a sustainable exploitation of our resources. For that purpose, we promote the necessary changes in the culture of the fisheries sector that tend to a greater environmental and social responsibility, and allow us to evolve towards the concept of responsible fishing and ecosystem-based fishing management.
We firmly believe that every development must be sustainable. We must make proper use of the resources that the sea offers us without compromising those of future generations. For this reason, we suggest that fishing practices should consider the marine ecosystem as a whole and, based on its sustainable use, guarantee social development that contributes to improving the quality of life, health, education and culture of all people. This is feasible by assuming as our own the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 14 and all the goals related to it.
Our commitment to responsible fishing and sustainable development motivates the interest in a continuous and complete traceability of our fishery products. Highly competitive markets, increasingly demanding consumers, and our absolute respect for human health, have triggered our strong decision to work towards the possibility of verifying the information about the origin and journey of our products from catch to consumer. Knowing what, who, how, when and where are produced, processed and transported are necessary requirements to ensure food safety and, among other things, combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Tasted in the most famous restaurants, the Argentine Patagonian toothfish is a highly demanded product worldwide due to the quality of its meat. It grows in crystal clear waters surrounded by an absolutely pure and unaltered environment, resulting in a white meat of unparalleled quality composed of highly nutritional proteins and omega 3 fatty acids. It has an irresistible flavor and firm texture ideal for the most refined palate. It is a completely natural product meeting the highest quality standards from most demanding international markets.
The Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) is a species that lives in the Southern Ocean and the South Atlantic waters. It belongs to the Nototheniidae family, which is typical of cold Antarctic and Subantarctic waters. It can reach more than two meters in length and 100 kilograms in weight, and lives in depths of up to 2,500 meters. Adults are found at greater depths, while juveniles live in shallower waters.
The distribution of the Patagonian toothfish is endemic to the southern hemisphere. It lives in the cold waters of the Southern Ocean, around the Antarctic continent, generally to the south of the polar front. It is also found in deep waters that surround South America, from Peru and Chile in the Pacific Ocean to Argentina and Uruguay in the Atlantic. In the Southern Ocean it`s found in discrete areas corresponding to the insular shelves and slopes of the South Georgia Islands, the Shag Rocks, South Sandwich Islands, South Orkney Islands, Crozet, Kerguelen, Heard, McDonald, Macquarie and Prince Edward, banks such as Banzare, Ob and Lena, and different regions of the Ross Sea.
One of the main characteristics of the Argentine Sea is its extensive and productive continental shelf, which has a great biodiversity and a high biomass of fish, squid and crustaceans, allowing annual levels of responsible extraction of one million tons (considering the catches of the Argentine fleet, which operates around the Malvinas Islands and in the area close to the EEZ of our country). Patagonian toothfish is a moderately abundant species and it is really hard to reach for fishing fleets, but it is a very valuable resource due to its value on the international markets.
Science & Industry
For many years, companies that targeted Patagonian toothfish in the Argentine Sea have had a close relationship with the fishery science of our country. We care and we are convinced that all scientific knowledge is the basis for best decisions for fishery management. For this reason, we actively participate in diverse scientific research making our ships and facilities on land available for that purpose, as well as supporting the acquisition of equipment and scientific supplies necessary for the investigation.
Patagonian toothfish: wild and natural
In order to improve the Traceability System for products and byproducts of fishing origin, the Argentine Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture has established two new regulations: the “Traceability Certificate” in the “Commercial Transactions” Module and...
New scientific observers on board join the INIDEP team to contribute information for the research and management of Argentine fisheries.
The National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP) awarded certificates to 21 new Observer on board graduates. The course was conducted to train individuals to work on board commercial fishing vessels, gathering basic biological, fishery and...
The Federal Fishing Council of Argentina incorporate changes in the management measures for the Patagonian toothfish fishery.
In a new meeting of the Patagonian toothfish Fishery Monitoring Committee, the issue of incidental catch of the species on vessels without quotas was addressed. With the contribution of information provided by the National Institute of Fisheries Research and...