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Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Bass, Chilean Sea – Heard and McDonald Islands, Falkland Islands, Macquarie Island A fishery targeting this species has been certified as sustainable and well managed to the Marine Stewardship Council's environmental standard. Learn more at http://www.msc.org.
These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Patagonian Toothfish, more commonly known as Chilean Sea Bass, are widely distributed in the Southern Hemisphere south of 40°S latitude. It is a long-lived species that is thought to reach 50 years in age. Sexual maturity is reached between 6-12 years and fecundity is moderate.

Due to its high commercial value, Patagonian Toothfish has been targeted by illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishers, which have depleted some populations. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources is the principal managing authority for Patagonian Toothfish and has made a concerted effort in the past decade to eliminate IUU fishing. However a small but persistent level remains.

In these regions, effective management measures have been put in place to ensure Patagonian Toothfish populations remain at healthy abundances and minimize fishing affects on non-target species. Patagonian Toothfish are caught with bottom longlines, which can cause some damage to bottom ocean habitats.

Full species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children.  More info here about mercury in Chilean Sea Bass. Check out our mercury in seafood section.