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MSC Tristan Lobster

This fishery was first certified as sustainable in June 2011. It’s located in the South Atlantic, around the Tristan da Cunha islands (Tristan da Cunha, Gough, Nightingale, Inaccessible) and Vema Seamount.

These islands – the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world – are the only places where the Tristan rock lobster is found. They are volcanic and rise from abyssal depths to the surface, thus separating benthic populations associated with each island. The species occurs on rocky substrata from the shore down to a depth of around 200m.

Three types of gear are used in the fishery: box traps, monster traps and hoop nets.