Toothfish Portions, Frozen
New Zealand Line Caught Antarctic Toothfish Skin off and Bone out Portions, MSC Fishery and managed under NZ Quota Management.
Toothfish has snow-white flesh and suited to both dry and moist preparations in broad array of cuisines.
Portion sizes range from 113g - 170g (IVP skin off and bone out portions)
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The Antarctic Toothfish is a highly prized catch that is sweet in flavour, delectable and sustainable.
Family: Antarctic Toothfish belong to the Notothenidae family
Antarctic Toothfish inhabits the cold seas surrounding Antarctica, at depths ranging from 200 to over 2000 meters. The main fishery is centered in Antarctica’s Ross Sea (directly to the south of New Zealand) and is only active over the summer months, during which time the sea ice thaws allowing access to the fishing grounds. Toothfish are caught on demersal long lines, mainly at depths ranging between 700-1800m.
A silvery brown in colour and sometimes with spots, they have a broad head, long dorsal, large pectoral fins, protruding lower jaw and large lower lip. Slow growing long lived and also known as Antarctic cod, as they resemble an overgrown blue cod in both shape and form but are not related.
They live up to about 35 years (the age by which 99% have died), and the oldest ever recorded was 48. The adults generally live and feed in depths of 750-1500 metres, where they gain weight before moving north onto the Pacific-Antarctic ridge to spawn during the Antarctic winter. Females mature between 12 and 20 years of age, at a length of about 130 cm, while males are younger and smaller when they mature.
MSC cert crop Sustainability. Antarctic Toothfish was made MSC status Certified as sustainable in November 2010
The Antarctic Toothfish fishery is strictly managed under the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), an international treaty agreed to by New Zealand and 24 other nations. These nations form a Commission that manages Antarctic fisheries with the goal of preserving species’ diversity and stability of the entire Antarctic marine ecosystem while allowing for rational harvesting of marine species.
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