Who would think that one of the most popular fillets around today would have a face like this?
The Chilean seabass, which is more properly named the Patagonian toothfish, is one of the most mislabled fish in markets, which is leading to the downfall of this Gollum-looking creature.
According to Discover Magazine, a study done on 36 seabass samples from 10 different super markets around America found that 14 percent were found to be from unsustainable fisheries and 8 percent were found to not even be Chilean seabass. Since the 1990's boom, the toothfish stocks have plummeted 60 percent.
The Chilean seabass is not alone in its mislabeling, as many red snapper and tuna steaks are often misrepresented in the supermarket. While this is largely a consumer problem, the mislabeling also dupes fisheries managers who are trying to sustain these fisheries. –Robert Frawley and Brian McClintock