The Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators, Inc. has this week released its new website, www.colto.org.
The website has been created with collaboration from toothfish industry members from around the world, including those from Australia, France, United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, Chile and Uruguay.
The website creates a fresh new image and will now be focusing on the good news story that is the toothfishing industry. Chairman, Martin Exel, of Austral Fisheries, states “COLTO has played a vital role in abolishing IUU fishing within national EEZs that was occurring in the late 1990s. Some of these fisheries were on the brink of decimation due to illegal fishers, but now, some 10 years later, with the help of CCAMLR, Governments, member states and NGOs, many of these fisheries have recovered and some have even been certified as sustainable by the gold standard in seafood eco-labelling, the Marine Stewardship Council.”
Even with this turnaround, some environmental NGOs still list Patagonian toothfish on their black lists, encouraging the public to choose alternate species for consumption. Because of this, COLTO have re-aligned their primary mission from exposing IUU operators to changing the perception of NGOs and the general public, and they hope that the fresh new website can help do this.
If you have any comments or enquiries in relation to the new website or other COLTO matters please contact COLTO Chairman, Martin Exel at [email protected]
The Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators, Inc. (COLTO), represents the legal toothfishing industry in the Southern Ocean. 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, in the past there were some unscrupulous operators who also chose to operate illegally in those regions, and COLTO members worked and continue to work together within industry, governments and conservation groups to keep these illegal activities at bay.
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