Species Collapse, Chilean Sea Bass


"Some scientists believe that the supply of Chilean sea bass will collapse within five years if fishing is not greatly curtailed. Signs of danger include lower catches in once-thriving parts of the icy southern and Antarctic seas, and the taking of smaller fish, often those that have not reached sexual maturity. The fish, which grows slowly, often reaches 100 pounds and can live for 50 years...Though international efforts to regulate the catch have been in place for two and a half years, experts say there are too many loopholes. Illegal fishing accounts for up to two-thirds of the total harvest worldwide, according to the Commerce Department..."

Fabricant, Florence. "Chilean Sea Bass: More Than an Identity Problem," New York Times, 5.29.2002.