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Old 12-05-2005, 10:27 PM   #11
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The link provided above is out of date (from '02). Chilean Sea Bass was indeed fished to the point of marginal commercial viability and was for a while nearly impossible to buy, but the species is already making a comeback. It's generally available now, albeit at a fairly high price.

I just featured it a couple months ago at the restaurant, seems like it cost me about $16 per pound or so.
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Old 12-05-2005, 10:52 PM   #12
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I asked about sea bass once on here. I saw a recipe on foodnetwork for sea bass which sounded fantastic, until I saw the price per pound of $20. Seemed odd to me, so now I know they are nearly extinct. I'll pass on the sea bass.
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Old 12-06-2005, 09:05 AM   #13
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I have had Chillean Sea Bass and I do like it. However, I am more partial to Dover Sole. Spotted Owl is pretty good, too LOL.
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Old 12-06-2005, 11:42 AM   #14
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I've had the sea bass, and it was wonderful, but I can be quite content with grouper. He's ugly, but so tasty!
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Old 12-06-2005, 05:58 PM   #15
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My husband and I really love sea bass, and eat it often, as it is farmed fish - but I don't know anything about the Chilean fish masquerading as a bass!
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Old 12-06-2005, 06:25 PM   #16
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Chlean sea bass (Really a "Patagonian toothfish" or something) and regular sea bass are two different fish.

The lawful harvesting of chilean sea bass is strictly limited so that it does not become an endangered species. Importation into the US is allowed but to do it legally, it must come from an area where harvesting is managed and have documentation proving that.

Thus, with a limited supply, the laws of supply and demand will automatically hike up the price of the fish.

Problem is, people catch the fish illegally, using illegal methods and ignoring harvest limits. The sneak the fish into the US and do not have documentation. They are the ones who are really endangering the species.

Unfortunately, it can be a practical impossibility for the consumer to know whether chlean sea bass is has been caught legally or illegally.
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Old 12-06-2005, 10:27 PM   #17
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I say, "Go for Grouper!"
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Old 12-06-2005, 11:10 PM   #18
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What about Monk fish? Really good like in Grouper and Chieleian Sea Bass.
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Old 12-06-2005, 11:18 PM   #19
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Monkfish

I remember when monkfish was considered "trash" and only meant for chowder!

But it is very good. And expensive these days. Like any fish.
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Old 12-07-2005, 04:51 AM   #20
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Mmm. You could never go wrong ordering Chilean Sea Bass. It was always exquisite: firm yet melt-in-your-mouth. I took my parents to my favorite place to sample this and was gratified to hear my dad rave about food for once. (He NEVER praises food. He'll just grudgingly admit that a dish is 'not bad', and only after some prodding.) So I scored quite a coup with the Chilean Sea Bass. After a few months, we went back to the same place and were crestfallen when told that the fish had been pulled out of the menu. I interrogated the waiter of course and all he could tell me was that it's now an endangered species. This incident happened in January this year.

Now I have a better understanding of the problem. Can't wait for when CSB becomes commercially viable again. Thanks for the info!
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