Black Sea Bass
(U.S. Atlantic, Wild-caught)
Once deemed overfished, U.S. trap-caught black sea bass have rebounded and been promoted to a "Best Choice."
Atlantic Sea Bass, Black Perch, Rock Bass, Chub, Tallywag
The terms "bass," "sea bass" and "seabass" are general names commonly applied to a wide range of different fish species including toothfish, croaker and rockfish. Make sure to ask what type of sea bass when ordering, especially since Seafood Watch® rankings vary for black sea bass depending on whether the fish is caught by trap or trawl gear.
Black sea bass is a true sea bass related to groupers, and commonly caught by commercial and recreational fishermen along the entire U.S. Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico. Black seabass populations were once overfished, but have now recovered to a healthy abundance.
South of North Carolina, pots or traps are the main gear used to capture black sea bass. This method is fairly selective, often utilizing unbaited traps that catch almost entirely black sea bass. Healthy populations and a benign fishing method make pot-and-trap-caught black sea bass a "Best Choice."