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Real Good Fish | Fish Species | | Fish Species | Bringing you the freshest sustainably caught LOCAL seafood!
“If we eat from our own shores, we're much more inclined to protect them, the water quality, and our marine environment.”
- Paul Greenberg, American Catch
White Seabass / Atractoscion nobilis

The white seabass, also known as white weakfish or king croaker, is not a seabass at all. It is a member of the croaker family, and it is the largest croaker in the Pacific Ocean. This fish has been known to exceed 20 pounds (only in California), with the largest recorded specimen reaching over...

The white seabass, also known as white weakfish or king croaker, is not a seabass at all. It is a member of the croaker family, and it is the largest croaker in the Pacific Ocean. This fish has been known to exceed 20 pounds (only in California), with the largest recorded specimen reaching over 5 feet long and 93.1 pounds. They feed primarily on anchovies, sardines, and squid. Some adults have been found to have eaten nothing but Pacific mackerel, a strong tasting fish often used in sushi.

The white seabass fishery in California is subject to strong regulations, allowing the fish to reach a minimum of 28 inches in length and about 7.5 pounds in weight. This regulation allows the fish to reach maturity (about five years), so they can spawn before being caught.

Lifespan: Up to 20 years

Size: Average is 28” and 7.5 lbs

Distribution: Found in rocky and algal bottoms, 1 to 125 meters deep in nearshore bays and estuaries

How fished: Trolling or rod and reel

Why sustainable: The white sea bass population has recovered from heavier fishing pressure in the past. Today the population along the central coast of California and in Monterey Bay is believed to be healthy. When caught with hook and line, bycatch is very low.

MBA Seafood Watch Rating: Best Choice

NOAA FishWatch Rating: Not rated

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