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chilean sea bass kosher?

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patagonian toothfish, aka chilean sea bass/ is it kosher?? thx

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  1. Honestly, I never heard of that fish, but if it has
    fins & scales they are Kosher

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    1. re: Avi Keller

      Isn't "chilean sea bass" a euphemism for a somewhat
      more plebian fish?

      1. re: pat hammond

        It was known until recently as Patagonian Toothfish.
        I am not sure who is responsible for the name change,
        but I imagine that it is easier to market under its
        new moniker.

        1. re: Alan Divack

          Alan: So am I correct that a bass it ain't? p.

          1. re: pat hammond

            I am no expert, but I think that is more related to
            deep cold water fatty fish -- its flesh is said to
            have one of the highest fat contents of any fish, the
            fat functioning sort of l ike antifreeze in the deep.

            BTW, it is clearly kosher -- i found a picutre in the
            Regulatory Fish Encyclopeidia (an interesteing
            resource in and of itself) which clearly shows both
            fins and scales -- se the link below.

            Link: http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~frf/rfe0pn.html

            1. re: Alan Divack

              Thanks to Alan for finding this link. I missed it, and
              finally asked my rabbi who didn't know and posted a
              question on RAVNET. His respondent said that it was
              kosher, though from the Latin name I couldn't trace the
              taxonomy to check against the list in Dresner. The site
              found by Alan offered a taxonomy link, but
              unfortunately, it is still under construction. My rabbi
              also reminded me, as Alan says, that if it has fins and
              scales....So to the fishmonger, who has a picture
              displayed along with an article about the imminent
              demise of the species due to overfishing, clearly
              showing fins and scales. Next question: is it kosher to
              contribute to the endangering of a species?

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            Joe Kiesenhofer

            Where can I purchase "Matzomeal" in bags as you do regular flower etc.?

            1. re: Joe Kiesenhofer

              Sorry I can't answer that, Joe, but I have a feeling you will have a much better response to your question if you just start a new topic from the main page of the Kosher board with a title along the lines of "Matzoh Meal in Bags?". (I'm assuming you're looking for places to order it from. If you want to know where to buy it in your local area, you might be better off posting your question on the board that covers your area.)

              As you may have noticed by now, this pretty old thread is in response to a question about a fish. Many people who use these boards look only at items whose titles interest them. They might not realize that a post entitled "chilean sea bass kosher?" actually contains a request for info about matzoh meal. So someone who could actually help you might miss your request. (If you want an answer to your question, might as well put it out there where people can see it!)

              Good luck. (By the way, have you tried searching via Google?)

          3. re: pat hammond
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            Rachel Perlow

            Chilean sea bass is a type of codfish and unrelated to
            the other types of bass fish.

          4. re: Avi Keller
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            Robert berkowitz

            On the question of whether Chilean SEA bASS IS KOSHER THE TYPE OF SCALES IS IMPORTANT, ONLY CLENOID AND CYCLOID SCALES ARE VALID, QUESTION IS WHAT KIND OF SCALES DOES THIS FISH HAVE?

          5. Must be. Lieberman ate it at a recent campaign stop, and he da man.

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            1. re: John

              If it's got scales, I believe it is kosher.