July 31, 2009
What happened when the slimehead was renamed the orange roughy?
Some of those worst-hit were fish that have been renamed to make them more marketable. For threatened animals on land, a more attractive name might be a blessing. But for these creatures — slimeheads, goosefish, rock crabs, Patagonian toothfish, whore’s eggs — it was a curse.
That fishermen have turned to them shows what’s left in the ocean. Today’s seafood is often yesterday’s trash fish and monsters.
“People never thought they would be eaten,” said Jennifer Jacquet, a biologist at the University of British Columbia. “And as we fish out the world’s oceans, we’re coming across these species and wondering, ‘Can we give them a makeover?’”