Note, the restaurant chain Bonefish Grill (www.bonefishgrill.com) that
is all over the midwest and southeast, proudly serves "Chilean Sea
Bass." You can down load the menu on their website.
I have a lot of information on D. eleginioides and contact persons
working with this species. If interested, you can email questions
directly to me-in-thomas.near-in-yale.edu
On May 16, 2006,-in-1:19 PM, Bruce Stallsmith wrote:
> I just recieved the following as an ad for the book "Hooked". It's of
> some relevance to what we've been yakking about off and on, how human
> activities may or may not affect the status of various fishes. At
> least no one is poaching flame chubs as far as I know.....
> --Bruce Stallsmith
> along the dank Tennessee
> Huntsville, AL, US of A
> "Hooked is a fish story, a global whodunit, a courtroom drama -- and a
> critically important ecological message all rolled into one." -- Tom
> My name is Melissa Silverstein and I am working with Rodale Press to
> get the word out about Hooked: Pirates, Poaching and the Perfect Fish,
> an exciting new book by G. Bruce Knecht, an award-winning Wall Street
> Journal reporter that combines a high seas adventure story with a
> culinary history to show how our tastes have enormous consequences for
> the world around us.
> Some Background:
> Over the past two decades Chilean Sea Bass, originally known as
> Patagonian toothfish, has been embraced by chefs and diners
> everywhere. The explosive demand has fueled such rampant over-fishing
> that the fish now faces an uncertain future. Part high seas
> adventure, part popular history, part thought-provoking expos, Hooked
> traces how Patagonian toothfish went from an obscure, unappealing fish
> to become the favorite target of fleets of pirate fishing vessels.
> Hooked is an adventure story built around one of the longest pursuits
> in nautical history, which resulted when an Australian patrol boat
> spotted an illegal fishing vessel near Antarctica. In weaving the
> culinary history with the 4,000-mile chasewhich went halfway around
> Antarctica through building-size waves, densely packed ice, and an
> obstacle course of icebergsthe author demonstrates his ability to
> Rrecount a tale more thrilling than fiction,S as Walter Cronkite raved
> about KnechtUs previous book, The Proving Ground. Hooked is populated
> by fiercely determined good guys, villains who are also sometimes
> empathetic, and another character that deserves our attention: the
> threatened Patagonian toothfish.
> The book also describes how a little-known Californian seafood
> merchant "discovered" Chilean Sea Bass and invented its inaccurate but
> appealing name, and how it went from being an unknown "utility fish"
> in Chinese restaurants to a favorite-in-top-rated restaurants and
> ultimately the fish that seemingly everyone in American had to have.
> Hooked also explains how pirate fishermen are only too happy to
> satisfy the soaring demand, what some chefs have done in attempting to
> reverse the damage, and how it is that populations of many the world's
> most desirable fish are less than ten percent of what they were fifty
> years ago.
> Did you know?
> Chilean Sea Bass is not a bass and few are caught in Chilean waters.
> Many, perhaps most of the toothfish that are imported to the U.S. are
> caught illegally
> While 1,000 chefs have pledged not to serve toothfish until the
> problem of illegal fishing is eliminated, many othersincluding those
> who work-in-high-volume restaurants, caterers and hotelscontinue to
> sell vast amounts
> Viarsa, the fishing vessel described in Hooked, harvests 300 tons of
> toothfish during during a typical voyage-which is worth $3 million,
> twice as much as the value of the boat itself.
> A longline used to catch toothfish can stretch for more than a dozen
> miles and carry 15,000 baited hooks
> BREAKING NEWS! Viarsa's owner was arrested on April 19, 2006 in Miami
> where he will go on trail for smuggling large quantities of Chilean
> Sea Bass into the U.S.
> Thanks so much.
> Melissa Silverstein
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