Research & Development
Leading the way
As a leading player in the commercial toothfish industry and as clients of an MSC certified fishery, we are committed to on-going research and development to reduce the impacts of our activities. We do this through funding the certification process and scientific research posts in the Falklands Fisheries Department and NGO’s such as SAERI, and we do it through constant evolving development of better fishing practices.
Our focus has principally been aimed at protection of the stock and other species that may be threatened by our activities, at crew welfare and mitigating our carbon footprint. These are continuously evolving as information is gained and better technologies developed
We are working on meeting the objectives of our 4-year strategic plan that formulated part our last MSC reassessment.
The seven elements of the plan include:
- the development of a Habitats strategy
- a By-Catch Strategy aimed to reduce all by-catch species, including bait, to below 5% of the total catch
- to address perceived weaknesses in our stock assessment modelling as identified in an external review
- to develop methods for better stakeholder engagement
- to produce a targeted strategy to address the impacts of the fishery on the ecosystem, particularly in relation to its trophic function incorporating all relevant specific measures
Take a look at some of our research and development projects
The habitat of any species is key to its success, and therefore key to ours.
Over the past three years we have been working in collaboration with the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) to learn more about the habitats that toothfish occupy.
Most recently, Dr Tabitha Pearman, began her project into the impact of longline fishing on benthic habitats through the identification, study and mapping of vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) below 600 metres water depth.
There has been little research globally into these types of impacts, and the findings of this particular project will not only be significant for the Falklands longline industry in helping to protect VMEs and the local ecosystem, but will provide a basic framework and knowledge set that will benefit environmental protection globally.
Keep any eye on our News column for more information on Dr. Pearman’s work.