The company has been a partner in the drive to protect the fisheries from illegal operators and, through research, putting it on a sustainable footing. The fisheries are controlled by strict international rules, based on years of research jointly funded by the industry and government. Because of the range of environmental initiatives backed by the company there is expected to be a steady increase in available fish over the next five or six years.
The company has been a strong partner in ensuring the fisheries are sustainable in the long term. For example, it worked with the Australian Government, the Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators (COLTO) and conservation groups in combating illegal, unregulated and unrecorded fishing when it became clear the fisheries were in grave danger in the late 1990’s from over fishing.
The company carries full-time Government Observers on board to monitor its practices, study the fish biology and continually assess fish stocks.