Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Seabass, White

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
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, Handline, U.S.

White seabass caught with handlines is a "Best Choice" because populations have recovered from previously being overfished, and there is virtually no bycatch or significant impacts on the habitat or ecosystem.

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.

Summary

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.

Bycatch in the handline fishery is negligible and any bycatch is released alive and in good condition. In contrast, the gillnet fishery catches numerous protected species. The white seabass handline fishery is considered a "Best Choice" due to its low bycatch and the lack of other significant conservation concerns in the fishery.



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