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Wreckfish Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Sea Bass U.S. Atlantic Wild

Wreckfish, Wild, U.S. Atlantic

In the U.S., a management plan has been effective in maintaining healthy wreckfish stocks.


Wreckfish is a large, long-lived, bass-like species found in many temperate oceans around the world.

Although wreckfish is thought to mature slowly and live 30 years or more, its ability to produce lots of offspring increases its resistance to fishing pressure.

The U.S. fishery for wreckfish operates in the Atlantic Ocean off South Carolina, where the majority of the population inhabits deep, rocky outcrops and ledges along the Blake Plateau.

Wreckfish is caught by hydraulic hook-and-line, a method that results in little bycatch and does not have adverse impacts on the ecosystem.

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