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    Chilean Sea Bass

    One of my favorite meals is Chilean Sea Bass. It is served at many of the finer restaurants.

    The Chilean Sea Bass has a mild taste similar to flounder, and it has a buttery texture due to its fat content.

    However, few people know that this fish is not from Chile, and it is not a bass. Rather, it is a deep sea fish found in artic waters, and it is a cod.

    The fish’s real name is the Patagonian Toothfish and it is quite ugly.

    Back in 1977 an American fish merchant was in Chile looking for new fish products to introduce to the U.S. market. A local fishing boat arrived at port with a strange looking fish which they did not mean to catch.

    After tasting the fish the merchant thought it could be successfully marketed in the U.S. However, he knew the name Patagonian Toothfish had to go.

    He finally came up with the name Chilean Sea Bass.

    The fish slowly became popular in the U.S. and in 1994 the
    Food and Drug Administration accepted "Chilean Sea Bass" as an alternative market name for the Patagonian Toothfish.

    The next time you are at a fancy restaurant tell the server you will have the Patagonian Toothfish and see what happens.


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      #3
      I knew it wasn't sea bass but never knew the real story.
      Cool.
      Ole Toothyface is tasty
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        #4
        It's a sad story. The fish is slow breeding and slow growing and is severely depleted thanks to people eating Chilean sea bass in "finer" restaurants. It won't be around much longer.
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          #5
          You've heard of the gastronomes delight the Orange Roughy. The same renaming scheme was used on it. It's better known as Ole Slimehead and its mug can scare snakes.
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            #6
            Yesterday, Whole Foods in Manhasset had some imported from France available at a mere $30 per lb.

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              #7
              Originally posted by WTF View Post
              Yesterday, Whole Foods in Manhasset had some imported from France available at a mere $30 per lb.
              Interesting that marked as imported from France yet it's a Southern Hemisphere fish and not found near French waters as far as I know. The fish monger game is one deceitful business. They occasionally test the fish at markets to see if the fish sold is marked as described. It seems that what they're claiming it is often not what it is.
              Usually I eat just what I catch.

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                #8
                Originally posted by class3 View Post
                It's a sad story. The fish is slow breeding and slow growing and is severely depleted thanks to people eating Chilean sea bass in "finer" restaurants. It won't be around much longer.
                There is an organization called “SeaChoice” which:

                “[W]as created to help Canadian businesses and shoppers take an active role in supporting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture at all levels of the seafood supply chain.”

                Did someone say Canadian?

                SeaChoice recommends consumers avoid buying Chilean Sea Bass from the regions of Chile, Crozet Island, Prince Edward Island, and the Marion Islands.

                They also expressed concern over fish "from" South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands, the Ross Sea, and the Kerguelen Islands.

                Instead, they recommend you purchase Chilean Sea Bass from the regions of Heard Island, McDonald Island, Macquarie Island, and the Falkland Islands.


                http://www.seachoice.org/fish/chilean-seabass/

                However, when you order fish from a restaurant, you have no way of really knowing where it is from.

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                  #9
                  Costco also sells Chilean Sea Bass that hails from France. The package does include the Certified Sustainable Seafood, MSC label, FWIW

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by WTF View Post
                    Costco also sells Chilean Sea Bass that hails from France. The package does include the Certified Sustainable Seafood, MSC label, FWIW
                    C6NY previously raised the interesting point that some fish are labeled as being 'from" France yet Chilean Sea Bass is only found in the southern Atlantic.

                    According to Wikipedia the “French Southern and Antarctic Lands” consists of the following:


                    Kerguelen Islands (an area of concern);

                    St. Paul and Amsterdam islands;

                    Crozet Islands (not recommended);

                    Adélie Land; and

                    Scattered Islands.

                    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French...ntarctic_Lands)

                    It seems likely that the fish are from one of these regions. Some are recommended by SeaChoice and others are not.

                    Perhaps the "Certified Sustainable Seafood" means the Costco fish are from the "good" regions.





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                        #12
                        Originally posted by class3 View Post
                        It won't be around much longer.
                        No big loss. I hear they're I'll tempered.

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                          #13
                          "However, the majority of Chilean sea bass is harvested in distant waters of Antarctica, frozen onboard factory vessels, and shipped several weeks to several months later."

                          Yikes.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by sheeple View Post
                            "However, the majority of Chilean sea bass is harvested in distant waters of Antarctica, frozen onboard factory vessels, and shipped several weeks to several months later."

                            Yikes.
                            yeah, but to be fair we eat a fair amount of previously frozen alaskan salmon.
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                              #15
                              I feel horrible for the families of these fish

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