Seabass, Chilean


Santa Monica Seafood has committed to supplying Chilean Seabass exclusively, from MSC certified fisheries

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Species Name:
Dissostichus mawsoni, Dissostichus eleginoides
Sustainability Rating:

Multiple-OptionsMultiple options (see below)


We commonly refer to both Ross Sea toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni) and South Georgia toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) as Chilean Seabass

Available year-round

YellowYellow – MSC Certified; Ross Sea, Heard Island, McDonald Islands, Macquarie Island, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic and Southern Indian Ocean

RedRed – Avoid; Chile – Southeast Pacific Ocean


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CharacteristicsLiving in the cold, deep waters of the Southern Hemisphere means a high fat content and rich, moist meat with a buttery flavor that just melts in your mouth. The fillets are shiny and white and cook up white and flaky with a firm texture. It’s a great source of protein and is rich in Omega 3’s. Difficult to overcook because of the oils, it’s great for grilling, roasting, searing and many other cooking techniques.

Alternatives include Sablefish or Escolar.

For Your Menu

MenuAlthough in many ways, Chilean Seabass is a customer favorite, you may find equally vocal customers wanting to discuss your decision to feature this fish. The best approach is to be prepared – educate yourself and your staff on the reasons why the Marine Stewardship Council has certified this particular fish.

For Your Waitstaff

Wait Staff

You can let your concerned customers know that longline Ross Sea
Antarctic Toothfish became MSC certified in 2010 following rigorous changes to the fisheries’ management that rebuilt the stocks and minimized the fisheries impacts to the bottom, by-catch and sea birds. Management continues to improve every year with every vessel in the area monitored by satellites and with offloading strictly monitored under the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) to virtually eliminate illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fish entering our supply chain.
Our fish comes with full MSC chain of custody.

For Your Retail Display

Retail It’s also good to understand the issues surrounding this fish if you’re carrying it in your retail market. This post on our blog has a lot of great information to help you familiarize yourself with this fish.