CHILEAN SEA BASS BOYCOTT GAINS SUPPORT
orange roughy: Chilean sea bass has become the newest species of popular fish featured in a self-imposed restaurant boycott. The initiative, organized by the National Environmental Trust and the Antarctica Project, received the support of more than 50 top chefs here who are promising to keep the fish off their menus until its population stabilizes in about five years. The effort, dubbed "Take a Pass on Chilean Sea Bass," began in San Francisco last month and will move to New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington in the next few months, officials said. They cited statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce indicating that, while 16,000 tons of sea bass were harvested legally in 2000, up to twice that amount might have been illegally caught and sold.