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Seabass, California White

The California White Seabass is not exactly a Seabass. It is a member of the Croaker family, and the largest Croaker in the Pacific Ocean (maximum recorded length is 5 feet). The family is named after the croaking sound that is emitted by the fish by vibrating its swim bladder. The White Seabass can be found along the Pacific Coast of North America from San Francisco Bay to Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico. The meat of the California White Seabass is moderately fatty and has a mild taste with a flaky and firm texture. White Seabass are caught by hook and line or gillnets. They have been fished commercially and for sport since the early 1900’s and in the 1960’s populations began to decline. New management efforts, including supplementing the wild population with hatcheryraised fish, have helped California’s population recover. California White Seabass is a Best Choice on Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program.