Toothfish numbers declared sustainable

ABC News

Tasmania’s toothfish fishery has been declared sustainable by two influential bodies following adjustments in fishing methods.

Just 15 years ago the fishery was on the verge of being decimated by poachers in the Southern Ocean.

In an unusual partnership, environmentalists and the industry campaigned together to encourage consumer boycotts as well as increased surveillance at sea and more controls in ports.

The poaching has been mostly wiped out and changes in fishing gear has seen the number of albatross being caught in fishing lines massively reduced.

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