Sea Bass Fishers Weather the Storm

Photo: Chilean Sea Bass (Patagonian Toothfish) Fishing
<< Previous   3 of 4   Next >>
Dead but still daunting, a Patagonian toothfish caught off the Falkland Islands shows how the species got its name.

Laid out in the commercial fishing ship Gambler's below-decks cutting room, the catch awaits "trunking"the removal of its head and guts, partially by buzzsaw. Soon after, the fish will be flash frozen and packed in plastic layers. On artisanal fishing ships, the whole process is carried out by hand and on a slippery deck.

Biological study teams have declared this Falklands fishery sustainable, photographer Paul A. Sutherland says, though no official certification has been issuedadding to the murkiness of sea bass sustainability.

 More Photos in the News
 Today's 15 Most Read Stories
 Free Email Newsletter: Focus on Photography
Photograph by Paul A. Sutherland
 
NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS




 

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.