The Patagonian Toothfish

Sunday, 20 August 2017  |  Gareth

In acknowledgment of 30 years of work conducted by Falkland Islands Fisheries Department (FIS) to assist maintain fish populations around the Falkland Islands, Pobjoy Mint is launching a coin including the Patagonian Toothfish in an Eddy of Water.

The Patagonian Toothfish is a types of cod found in cold icy waters mostly in the southern Hemisphere at depths of in between 45m and 3850m! Toothfish can grow to end up being really large and can weigh as much as 100kg and reach 2.3 m in length, although this is quite uncommon. It is approximated that they can live for up 50 years and sustain themselves by feeding upon squid, little fish, prawns, crabs.

The Falkland Islands are playing a function in the conservation of this types by developing regulated fisheries and collecting information from Patagonian Toothfish catches. This was set up in 1994 with the boost in dermersal longliners targeting this types at depths of over 600m. The reports show that the fish stocks mainly reduced from 1994-1999 with the biomass currently at about 50% of exactly what it remained in its unexploited state. The official body accountable for the sustainable development of fisheries in the Falklands is the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department (FIS), established in 1987.

As Titanium reacts in a different way with every strike, each Patagonian Toothfish coin differs a little in colour. There is also a lined result that is present on the coins which is special to this metal. The obverse includes the Pobjoy special effigy design of HM Queen Elizabeth II in exceptional detail.


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