Our vessels operate in two fishing zones of Australia’s sub-Antarctic territories. These are Heard Island, south-west of Western Australia, and Macquarie Island, south-east of Tasmania.
Heard Island is home to Australia’s only active volcano, the Big Ben, which is permanently covered in snow and cloud and dominates the island’s topography. Here, Austral Fisheries is also entitled to catch Mackerel icefish as well as Patagonian toothfish and have been working in this fishery since 1996. We have been involved in the Macquarie Island toothfish fishery since 1994.
Both the toothfish and icefish from the Heard Island and Macquarie Island fisheries are certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council, as well as the toothfish being rated ‘Best Choice’ by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.