Importing toothfish

A Catch Documentation Scheme for toothfish, also known as seabass or Chilean seabass, was established by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources in response to concerns that overfishing and illegal fishing were threatening toothfish stock. Although not a member of the Commission, Canada agreed in 2004 to voluntarily implement the Catch Documentation Scheme.

The Catch Documentation Scheme tracks international trade in toothfish product and requires that all landings, transshipments, imports and exports of toothfish be accompanied by documentation identifying the origins of the toothfish and proof that the fish have been legally caught.

Form

This form is for information purposes only.

To fill out a copy of this form, please download the PDF Version, and follow the instructions on the form for submission.

APPLICANT INFORMATION:
Name of Importer (Contact Person): Company Name (Business): Company Address:
City:
Province:
Postal Code:
Company Phone Number:
Company Fax Number:
Company Email Address:
PRODUCT INFORMATION
Estimated Date of Arrival:
Port / Point of Entry:
Country of Export:
Species to be Imported:
Amount to be Imported (in kgs)

Transport Details (method, of transport, bill number, all relevant transport details) and Container Numbers for each Container in this Shipment






Dissostichus Catch Documentation Number:
Export Reference Number (Customs 14-digit Transaction Number, if available):
Consignee(s) of Product:

INDICATE WHETHER A RE-EXPORT DOCUMENT IS ALSO ACCOMPANYING THIS SHIPMENT: Y or N

SIGNATURE BLOCK:

I do solemnly declare that the information given on this notification form is true and correct and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing it to be true and knowing that it is of the same force and effect as if made under oath and by virtue of the Canada Evidence Act.

I understand that it is an offence under Section 63 of the Fisheries Act to knowingly make a false or misleading statement.

Signature
Date
Print Name and Title of Applicant

Note: This form is not valid unless signed by applicant.

Return this Notification form for Pre-Approval along with catch documents a minimum of 72 hours prior to importing resource(s), via mail, to the address below:

Catch Certification Program: Operations Centre
Resource Management Directorate
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
PO Box 99
Tignish, PE C0B 2B0

Or by email to: CCO-BCC_Info@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Catch documentation scheme

What species are covered under the Catch Documentation Scheme?

Fish Name
(scientific name)
Also known as Required Name on Notification
(scientific name)
Patagonian Toothfish
(Dissostichus eleginoides)
Seabass or
Chilean Seabass
Patagonian Toothfish
(Dissostichus eleginoides)
Antarctic Toothfish
(Dissostichus Mawsoni)
Seabass Antarctic Toothfish
(Dissostichus Mawsoni)

Further details of the Catch Documentation Scheme are available on the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources’s website.

Requirements for documenting trade of toothfish internationally

In response to concerns that overfishing and illegal fishing were threatening toothfish stock, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, a 24-country regional fisheries management organization, established a Catch Documentation Scheme for toothfish.

The Catch Documentation Scheme tracks international trade in toothfish products and requires that all landings, transshipments, imports and exports of toothfish be accompanied by documentation identifying the origins of the toothfish and proof that the fish have been legally caught.

Although not a member of the Commission, Canada agreed in 2004 to voluntarily implement the Catch Documentation Scheme.

What do I need to do if I wish to import toothfish into Canada?

1. Ensure the exporter has included a Dissostichus Catch Document with the shipment. This document is issued to exporters by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.

2. Inform Fisheries and Oceans Canada of your intention to import toothfish by submitting the form entitled: Notification of Intention to Import Toothfish (Dissostichus sp.). The form must be submitted to the Catch Certification Program’s Operation Centre at least 72 hours before the expected time of arrival of the shipment. (See Contact Information at the back of this brochure). Please include a copy of the Dissostichus Catch Document with the form.

What do I need to do to re-export toothfish from Canada?

Submit a request for a re-export Dissostichus Catch Document to the Catch Certification Program’s Operation Centre. This request must be made at least 72 hours before the expected date of export. Requests can be sent by telephone, fax, letter or e-mail . (See Contact Information at the back of this brochure).

The request will be reviewed. Once approved, the Operation Centre will forward you a re-export Dissostichus Catch Document form to be completed. Once this form has been validated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the product can be re-exported. The information will also be included to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources database so that it can be verified by the importing country.

Why is it important to provide this information to Fisheries and Oceans Canada?

This information allows Fisheries and Oceans Canada to identify the origins of the toothfish product and demonstrate that the fish was legally caught.

If the information provided to the Commission does not match the information provided to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Department will investigate the reasons for the difference. This will include, as a first step, contacting the Canadian importer and verifying that the information sent is correct.

Notification of Intention to Import Toothfish (Dissostichus sp.) Into Canadian Ports

A Notification of intention to import toothfish form needs to be filled out by importers of toothfish.