There are two species included under the Seabass name.
Dissostichus eleginoides (often referred to Patagonian Toothfish) – is typically found in the southern waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans on seamounts and sub-Antarctic continental shelves.
Dissostichus mawsoni (often referred to as Antarctic Toothfish) – is found further south around the edges of the Antarctic shelf and Ross Sea.
Fishing is most generally by longline (baited hooks on a mainline) and strict legal fishing rules are enforced for both by-catch protection and the overall resource conservation.
All commercial fishing activities are managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) except where they fall into specific coastal territorial jurisdictions and in such cases are managed by the relevant coastal state. However, these fisheries are still subject to the CCAMLR Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS) which tracks the trade of Toothfish from the point of unloading to the point of export market delivery. As such all legal exports are accompanied by a DCD (Dissostichus Catch Document) which are verified and authorized by national authorities throughout the trade process.
Today there are a number of specific Seabass fisheries that have been certified by MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) being (South Georgia, Ross Sea, Heard Island & McDonald Islands, Macquarie Island, Falkland Islands), with a number of others under assessment.
100% of all Seabass exported by Wild Oceans are Wild Caught.