According to the stock assessment survey, as well as using CPUE data collected by Russian and South Korean vessels in three Antarctic sectors in 2003-2010, it has been shown that fishery of the Antarctic toothfish is commercially viable not only for countries which are close to the fishing areas. The assessment study was conducted by several researchers using various models designed for the Pacific and Indian sectors of the Antarctic. According to lack of data on the Antarctic toothfish from “zero” SSRUs, it follows that current TAC values are underestimated in all studied areas. Correct estimation of toothfish stock and TAC values in all high-latitude Antarctic seas is necessary.
From data available we suggest that factual stock values of the Antarctic toothfish are considerably underestimated in the Pacific (the Ross Sea) and the Indian sectors (the Dumont d'Urville Sea (SSRU G), the Mawson Sea (SSRU E), the Davis Sea (SSRU C)) resulting in restrictive policy of the Antarctic toothfish fishery.