Definition of Patagonian toothfish in US English:

Patagonian toothfish

noun

  • A demersal food fish of Antarctic waters, marketed as Chilean sea bass and recently overfished.

    Dissostichus eleginoides, family Nototheniidae

    • ‘CCAMLR requires all vessels hunting for Patagonian toothfish to be fitted with a satellite system.’
    • ‘Contraventions of the Marine Living Resources Act related to catching crayfish, hake and toothfish without a permit and offloading catches without inspectors present.’
    • ‘However, the toothfish fell victim to its own popularity.’
    • ‘According to a report released last month by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, Chile exports nearly 80 percent of its toothfish catch each year to Japan and the U.S. to the tune of U.S. $90 million.’
    • ‘We also found 12 unique toothfish γ crystallin cDNAs (twice that found in mammals), some of which are homologues of the γ crystallins from warm bodied mammals.’
    • ‘Some fisheries, such as toothfish, are required to have observers on board, while others are not.’
    • ‘Now that stocks of larger, more valuable species such as toothfish are depleted, fisheries are targeting smaller and smaller species.’
    • ‘he Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) is often regarded as the most important Antarctic fish, due to the extent of its commercial exploitation.’
    • ‘As the member will know, New Zealand opposes any trawling in the Ross Sea toothfish fishery.’
    • ‘But that seems unlikely: two decades of intensive deep-sea fishing in the North Atlantic have turned up only that lone toothfish.’
    • ‘Scientists now want the international community to act to safeguard krill and toothfish stocks throughout the Southern Ocean, otherwise its albatross, penguin, seal, and whale populations could all be left living on very thin ice.’
    • ‘With the price of toothfish so attractive, many fishermen have been lured into the business and, within the past decade, known ocean stocks have dwindled to the point of alarm.’
    • ‘Below the ocean surface lies an even greater diversity of life, replete with corals, sponges and barnacles, as well as icefish and toothfish (sea bass) - two commercially important and overfished species.’
    • ‘The frigate, HMAS Warramunga, had to scramble over the holiday break to head deep into the Southern Ocean to apprehend an alleged toothfish poaching trawler.’
    • ‘Dr. O'Shea says the specimen, caught while attacking an Antarctic toothfish, is an immature female.’
    • ‘Steadily declining annual catches have signaled trouble, and led environmental groups to partner with some of the chefs who first popularized the dish in a campaign to reduce demand for the toothfish.’
    • ‘The toothfish isn't much to look at, it has a wide head, eyes that look like car headlamps and a mouth full of pointy teeth, but its white flaky flesh make it a popular item on the menus of upscale restaurants.’
    • ‘Fishing boats from New Zealand and elsewhere have recently begun to experiment with commercial fishing for Antarctic toothfish in the southern Ross Sea.’
    • ‘As COLTO members we have a direct commercial interest in the well-being of Patagonian toothfish and the ecosystems that support them.’
    • ‘At least the colossal squid isn't likely to join toothfish on the seafood menu.’
    • ‘But during studies of the foraging behavior of Weddell seals, the researchers acquired considerable data on two important fish species: the Antarctic silverfish and the Antarctic toothfish.’

Pronunciation

Patagonian toothfish

/ˌpadəˌɡōnēən ˈto͞oTHˌfiSH/