Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Seabass, White

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Seabass, White Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. King Croaker, Weakfish, Seatrout U.S. Handline
Seabass, White 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. King Croaker, Weakfish, Seatrout U.S. Gillnet

White Seabass, Gillnet, U.S.

White seabass caught with gillnets is a "Good Alternative" because populations have recovered from previously being overfished, yet there are some concerns with the bycatch of protected species in this fishery.

Consumer Note

The "white seabass" isn't a seabass at all - it's a member of the croaker family and the largest croaker in the Pacific Ocean. White seabass is sold whole or as fillets, both fresh and frozen.


White seabass are caught primarily with drift and set gillnet throughout southern California. Commercial hook and line fishing occurs for white seabass in Monterey Bay.

The gillnet fisheries for white seabass result in bycatch of a number of protected and vulnerable species, including humpback whales and white sharks. In contrast, bycatch in the handline fishery is negligible and any bycatch is released alive and in good condition. Although the white seabass gillnet fishery is not believed to be jeopardizing any populations of bycatch species, the ongoing bycatch of these protected species remains a concern.

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