The Catch: the amazing story of the Patagonian Toothfish

What an example of the Law of Unintended Consequences. This remarkable article in the New York Times Magazine tells the story of the Patagonian Toothfish, discovered by Chilean fishermen after Pinochet opens up their traditional markets to foreign factory fishing operations, renamed to the more attractive Chilean Sea Bass. It then becomes the darling of the restauranteurs because of its unusual fattiness that makes it easy to cook and serve. "you can overcook it by five minutes and it is delicious. You can saute it, steam it, grill it- it is a no-brainer" Then, in the space of five years it goes from "dish of the year" to overfished pariah. Now we are looking at a future of farmed fish (where three pounds of inch long forage fish and marine mammals are ground up and fed to every pound of farmed fish) or moving down the food chain to invertebrates and perhaps even plankton gruel.
We often think about giving up meat; giving up fish will be harder but it looks inevitable. ::New York Times (may require free subscription)

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