I have always been intrigued by this fish that is sold locally as 'cod' and is called 'Xue Yu' or 'Snow Fish' in chinese.
This fish is always very expensive and tastes very good, but somehow it doesn't seem to be the real Cod http://www.landbigfish.com/fish/fish.cfm?ID=128
that is found in UK waters.
So during one of my weekly trips to Jurong Fishery Port to purchase fish for my family's eatery, i came upon one of the wholesalers who was selling a batch of this 'Xue Yu'.
The fish are usually between 0.5 to 0.8m long, with dark grey/black skin, and always headless. The wholesale price is between $22-26 a kilo. They come packed deep frozen in cardboard boxes, and i managed to read the label on the box. It read: 'Falkland Islands, Sea Bass'. The shipping info indicated that the fish were shipped from Chile.
So i was wondering, wow, this fish comes from the Falkland Islands, instead of the UK, so it must not be the Cod that is found in the UK.
And so, i went on google and searched for Falkland Islands Sea Bass. And this is what i found out.
1. The fish is actually called the Chilean Sea Bass, or Patagonian Toothfish. http://www.colto.org/Background_Toothfish.htmhttp://www.blueoceaninstitute.org/seafo ... es/98.html
2. It is native to sub-antartic regions such as the Falkland Islands, hence its nickname here of 'Xue Yu' or Snow Fish.
3. It is highly endangered as it reproduces very slowly, and is a protected species. This is a good link - http://environet.policy.net/marine/csb/
4. More than 60% of the Chilean Sea Bass on the market is caught illegally using illegal fishing methods that kill a lot of antarctic sea birds such as Albatrosses and Emperor Penguins http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/csb
5. There are many environmental groups in other countries which promote the boycotting of buying this fish. However, there is also a group which regulates legal tootfish fishing. http://www.colto.org/
6. There are heavy penalties for those who poach for these fish
Fines http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory ... /story.htm
Fishing vessel blown up for fishing for toothfishhttp://www.colto.org/Vessels/vess_Elqui.htm
Interesting eh? Makes me feel that the public should be educated more about this fish.