Chilean Sea Bass returns to Whole Foods

posted on October 12, 2006 at 1:00 pm

Seems they have started carrying it again.

From their website:
“Chilean sea bass have returned to our Seafood Departments after a seven year hiatus. In 1999, it became clear that this popular species (also called Patagonian toothfish) was being overfished at an alarming rate, threatening its extinction. In accordance with our strict sustainable seafood policy, Whole Foods Market stopped selling Chilean Sea Bass in August, 1999.The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), an independent non-profit body dedicated to sustainable fishing practices and ocean health, recently certified a fishery operating out of South Georgia Island for the sustainable harvesting of Chilean sea bass. This island is near the South Sandwich Islands located in the extreme southern Atlantic, where harsh prevailing weather conditions and active volcanism make it difficult for fishermen. While poaching remains a serious threat to Chilean sea bass in other areas, this remote fishery has proven itself to be a responsible one dedicated to sustainable practices as documented by the MSC. Chilean sea bass is one of the most sought-after fish in the world and Whole Foods Market is delighted that the MSC has identified a sustainable fishery so that we can once again offer this delicious seafood to our customers. This fish — wild-caught at depths of up to 5,000 feet — is prized for its rich, buttery flavor and wonderful versatility that is perfect for the grill, cooking up with large white flakes. Being flash frozen at sea preserves its flavor and smooth melt-in-your-mouth texture and helps this fish stand apart in the world of seafood. Due to its high fat content, this tender white fish is nearly impossible to overcook and is best suited to dry-heat cooking methods such as broiling, grilling, and sautéing. Any number of sauces, spices, and herbs can enhance the mild, sweet flavor of this fish. Whole Foods Market is the first retailer to offer MSC certified Chilean sea bass. If shopping in other stores or restaurants, always ask if their fish is MSC certified and look for the distinctive blue eco-label affixed to all seafood products that meet their high standards. That label means you can buy with confidence, knowing that the product was harvested in a manner that guarantees stocks will never be depleted. As consumers, you have the power to encourage responsible, sustainable environmental practices through the choices you make in the marketplace. By purchasing MSC certified seafood, you are making a positive impact on the health of our planet.As a supporter of the MSC since 1999, Whole Foods Market has an ongoing pledge to help make a difference when it comes to the responsible management of ocean resources. In addition to sea bass, Whole Foods Market offers the widest selection of MSC-certified seafood, including wild Alaska salmon, Pacific halibut, and New Zealand hoki.”

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