Toothfish

One of our main product is toothfish - Patagonian and Antarctic.

Antarctic toothfish, Dissostichus mawsoni, are by far the dominant fish predator in the Ross Sea. Whereas most Antarctic fish species rarely get larger than 60 cm, Ross Sea toothfish can grow in excess of two metres in length and more than 150 kg in mass.

In the Ross Sea, toothfish are caught throughout the water column from about 300 metres to more than 2,200 metres deep. While most fish control their buoyancy with a swim bladder, toothfish actually use lipids or fats (lending to their popularity as a food fish).

Patagonian Toothfish is one of the tastiest fish available on the market, well-known for its firm white flesh, even texture and the abundance of Omega-3 oils in the meat. It is sold under the trade name of Chilean Sea Bass in the USA, Merluza Negra in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, and Mero in Japan. A close relative, the Antarctic Toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni,) is found further south around the edges of the Antarctic shelf.

Toothfish is a deep-sea demersal species found in the cold, temperate waters of the Southern Oceans. Young, immature fish are found in shallower waters but as they mature they migrate into deeper waters up to 3,000 metres in depth. Distribution ranges from Southern Chile, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the sub-Antarctic islands and seamounts of the Indian Ocean sector including the Kerguelen Islands, and Macquarie and Heard Islands.

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