Black Sea Bass is a true Sea Bass caught along the Atlantic Coast of the United States from Cape Cod to Florida. It is a stout bodied fish, with large fins. The rounded tail often has a long streamer trailing out from the top edge. The background color is smoky grey to bluish black with darker patches and light speckles. Black Sea Bass is a firm snow white fleshed fish when cooked. Uncooked flesh should be sparkling white and translucent, not opaque. It has a medium flake and a delicate flavor. The skin is delicious and often kept on when steaming or sautéing. It is extremely versatile and particularly popular for whole fish preparations in Asian cuisines. Black Sea Bass are primarily caught with pots and traps. They are also caught with bottom trawls, hook and line and gillnets. Commercial harvests are controlled by a quota system. All Black Sea Bass is sold fresh. There is not enough harvested for the frozen market.