‘Meroe’ for Dinner Shakes Antarctic

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Those who enjoy the rich taste of Chilean sea bass, more commonly known here by the Japanese name ‘meroe’, may want to reconsider after reading this:

The fish, which lives 3,000 kilometers under the Antarctic iceberg, is endangered by humans who are hunting them to death, James N. Barnes, executive director of the Antarctic & Southern Ocean Coalition, said in an interview with The Korea Times on Wednesday.

The head of the coalition visited Korea to ask Minister of Environment Lee Chi-beom for support for the adoption of regulations to prevent the overfishing of Chilean sea bass and krill under consideration by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. He met the minister, and they agreed on several conservation issues.

The Chilean sea bass is now on the verge of extermination, and Barnes urged people not to catch it or eat it. “It