Due to the slow-growing, deep-sea origins of the Chilean sea bass, there has been speculation about the ability to sustainably harvest this popular seafood option.
In March 2004, the Marine Stewardship Council certified the South Georgia Patagonian Toothfish Longline Fishery as sustainable due to its efforts to change fishing practices, reducing the impact on the ocean environment. The small fishery, located in the Antarctic region around the island of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, is the only MSC-certified Chilean sea bass (toothfish) fishery, catching less than 5,000 metric tonnes annually, which is approximately five percent of the total global Chilean sea bass catch each year.
Additionally, the fishery has taken measures to reduce seabird by-catch of albatross from several thousand annually to single digits. BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organizations, described South Georgia Patagonian as “one of the best managed in the world…the seabird by-catch mitigation techniques used in this fishery make it the premier example of best practices to which other comparable longline fisheries around the world should aspire.”
Additionally, Monterey Bay has recognized MSC-certified Chilean sea bass as the only sustainable option, encouraging consumers to inquire about a sea bass’ “Chain of Custody” certification prior to purchasing.
Seattle Fish Company is the only seafood wholesaler in the region to carry MSC-certified Chilean sea bass, providing stores and restaurants the ability to carry this “luxury” seafood locally while adhering to sustainable seafood product options. As one of the most sought-after fish on the market, Chilean sea bass is a moist white fish that flakes easily and has a mild flavor and pleasantly firm texture.
For more information about MSC-certified Chilean sea bass, contact your sales representative .