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How we fish
We are experts in sustainable longline fishing

A prized catch and finely balanced ecosystem mean only the most innovative of fishing techniques will do. Longline fishing is a much more targeted, accurate and sustainable method of harvesting toothfish from depths of anywhere between 750m to 2,250m.

By setting individual lines along the seabed with between 2,000 and 5,000 individually baited hooks we can land our catch with minimal disruption to the environment and close to zero accidental bycatch. Every fish is carefully brought onboard and immediately processed by hand – ensuring each carton of fish can be traced to the line, day and location that it was caught.

Raising standards. Industry wide.

We work in some of the world’s most delicate marine environments. Out of respect for these finely balanced ecosystems, we are always finding new ways to raise the environmental standards not just expected of our own fleet – but of the industry as a whole. Here are some examples of how we are doing just that.

  • Working with NGOs and the Scientific Community we developed line weighting protocols to minimise bird bycatch which have since been adopted throughout CCAMLR fisheries as the compulsory industry standard.
  • We sponsor PhD students researching the sensitive Southern Ocean ecosystem.
  • We have developed fishing practices to dramatically reduce our bycatch levels.
  • We join industry colleagues in researching Southern Ocean Orca and Sperm whale behaviour and populations to try and understand and mitigate catch depredation
  • We have developed automated surveillance systems providing both us and the fishery authorities video coverage of every hook set and every hook hailed, every day that we fish. A vital tool for both compliance and research

How we fish

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How longline fishing works
Graphic showing Argos Froyanes longline fishing process