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Antarctic Marine Living Resource Permits

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The United States is a Member of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) Exit, the organization responsible for conserving marine life found south of the Antarctic convergence. CCAMLR applies an ecosystem approach to the conservation of marine living resources, incorporating standards designed to ensure the conservation of individual populations and species and the Antarctic marine ecosystem as a whole. The United States implements the conservation measures adopted by CCAMLR through the regulations set for at 50 CFR 300 Subpart G

Patagonia and Antarctic toothfish, also referred to as Chilean sea bass, are harvested in and beyond waters subject to CCAMLR. A Catch Documentation Scheme for toothfish was adopted by CCAMLR in 1999, reducing significantly the trade of toothfish caught in illegal, unregulated, or unreported (IUU) fishing. The CDS allows for monitoring international trade of toothfish, tracking the origins of imports, and determining if imports caught in the Convention Area are consistent with CCAMLR conservation measures, as well as providing catch data for stock assessments. Currently 30 contracting parties, as well as 1 non-contracting party, of CCAMLR have implemented the CDS.

NOAA Fisheries implements the CDS in the United States. Any person importing or exporting Antarctic marine living resources into or from the United States must have a dealer permit.  For toothfish, this applies to all imports of toothfish whether harvested inside or outside CCAMLR waters. Dealers must apply for pre-approval of each toothfish import, export, or re-export so that NOAA Fisheries can review the associated catch documentation in advance. A copy of the dealer permit must accompany any import or export of toothfish.

Click here for a list of current dealer permit holders.

The application and instructions for a dealer permit should be submitted to:
NOAA Fisheries
Office of International Affairs
1315 East-West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Fax: 301-713-2313
For more information on the dealer permit, please contact Liliana Vega (

For existing permit holders, the toothfish import, export, re-export preapproval application forms and import tickets should be submitted to:
NOAA Fisheries
National Seafood Inspection Laboratory
3207 Frederic Street Suite B
P O Drawer 1207
Pascagoula, MS  39568-1207
Phone: 228-762-7144
For more information on toothfish import/export requirements, please contact Kim Dawson-Guynn (

For information on permits for harvesting of Antarctic marine living resources, please contact Mi Ae Kim (