Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Bass, Striped

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Bass, Hybrid Striped Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Bass, Suzuki U.S. Farmed
Bass, Striped Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Greenhead, Linesides, Rockfish, Striper, Suzuki U.S. Atlantic Gillnet, Pound Net
Bass, Striped Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Greenhead, Linesides, Rockfish, Striper, Suzuki U.S. Atlantic Handline


Striped Bass, Wild, U.S. Atlantic

U.S. Atlantic striped bass caught by handline is a "Best Choice." When caught by gillnet or pound net, it's a "Good Alternative."

Consumer Note

Atlantic striped bass is found along the coast from northern Florida to Canada. These recommendations apply to the U.S. fishery only.

Summary

Striped bass is slow to mature and reproduce, making it vulnerable to fishing pressure. However, recent stock assessments show that striped bass is abundant and the current level of fishing is not a concern.

The handline fishery (about 26 percent of the catch) is highly selective and therefore low in bycatch, but gillnet and pound net fisheries are less so. There are two species of concern: the river herring - a depleted stock - and the Atlantic sturgeon, whose populations are listed as endangered or threatened.


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