OT: Interesting - For those of you who like to eat 'Cod'

edited November 2005 in General Fishing
Hi guys.

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.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 toothfish

Interesting eh? Makes me feel that the public should be educated more about this fish.
  • ChrisSoh
    Wow very comprehensive research.
  • Benster
    Here's what a New York chef had to say about the fish:

    "I started to use Chilean sea bass in 1992 or 1993 and it was a great fish, a beautiful fish," he continued. "In the last few years they have been getting smaller and smaller, while the quality is getting worse. Now, most of the Chilean sea bass on the market is illegal, and it has been frozen. I agree 100 percent with the campaign to improve the stocks of this fish for the future."

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... abass.html

    I agree with him, when i first ate this 'cod' locally about 8 years ago, it was much nicer. The 'cod' i find nowadays doesn't taste as nice, and sometimes tastes as if it has been frozen for too long.

    This fish can grow up to 2.2m long and weigh 120kg+! :shock:
    And nowadays you only find juveniles around 3-4kg.. :cry:

    By the way, the people who first brought the fish in to Singapore and named it as 'Cod' are really ignorant! This fish is MUCH better tasting than the real Cod (which is used for fish & chips and fish fingers in the UK) and is a totally different species.
  • Aero_GT
    Wow so its not the real cod but it taste fantastic man,yo bro wanna join us at BJT this sat??? 8)
  • Benster
    Aero_GT" said:
    Wow so its not the real cod but it taste fantastic man,yo bro wanna join us at BJT this sat??? 8)
    Thanks for the invite, I may join you all. :D
  • Allen.89
    I know that this is an old post but this information have make me curious.
    Base on your info, should we still refer 'cod' as 'Xue Yu' (Snow Fish) in Chinese or  change it to Chilean Sea Bass?
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