Patagonian Toothfish

8" x 10" $200
Edition of 10, 2006
Printed on tea Thai mulberry paper

Marketed in the U.S. as Chilean sea bass, Patagonian toothfish are long-lived deep-water species found in southern ocean waters near South America and Antarctica. Patagonian toothfish possess life history characteristics such as delayed sexual maturity and a limited geographic range that make them particularly vulnerable to fishing pressure. Unfortunately, Patagonian toothfish populations have been on the decline due to severe overfishing the result of unregulated and unreported catches from illegal fishing. By some estimates, the illegal catch of Chilean sea bass is five times greater than the legal catch of the fish. While international laws exist to protect the species from overfishing, they are largely ineffective and difficult to enforce. Increasing demand by U.S. consumers for Chilean sea bass is fueling the rampant pirate fishing that is depleting entire populations throughout the southern hemisphere. Roughly 60% of Chilean sea bass sold on the international market is caught illegally. Unless the demand for Chilean sea bass declines, estimates suggest that the species may be commercially extinct within five years.

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Patagonian Toothfish