Traceable Species

White Seabass


White Weakfish, King Croaker, Corbina, Corvina Blanca, California White Seabass, Sea Trout

White Seabass

White Seabass, despite its name, is not actually part of the Seabass family nor is it white; it actually belongs to the “Croaker” family and is the largest of the Croaker species in the Pacific Ocean. It ranges from Baja California all the way up the coast to Juneau, Alaska.  White Seabass travel together in schools through the kelp beds and over deep rocky bottom and can also be found in near-shore bays and estuaries.

White Seabass range in colour from blue-grey to copper on the top side becoming silver below with dark speckles while young have several dark vertical bars on their sides. They can be distinguished from other members of the Croaker family by a raised ridge that runs along the belly. White Seabass have a mild flavour similar to halibut due to its low oil content making this meaty muscular fish great for grilling or even slow cooked on a barbeque.

White Seabass

White Seabass spawn from April to August over rocky reefs and have the largest eggs in the Croaker family (1.3 mm in diameter). Females reach sexual maturity at the age of four (61 cm) while some males reach maturity by the age of three (51cm). A major spawning area occurs along central Baja California and the eggs are planktonic and darkly coloured. In their first year of life, they can grow to a length of 5.7 cm and are usually found in waters from four to nine meters deep utilizing the drifting microalgae on the sandy ocean bottom for protection from predators. As they grow larger some move to protected bays where they hide in the eel grass to hunt food and have shelter. Adult White Seabass feed on Pacific mackerel, sardines, squid, pelagic red crabs and herring. They can live up to 13 years.

Food Info White Seabass


TASTING NOTES

  • Colour: white 
  • Texture: a firm, meaty, muscular texture with large flakes
  • Flavour: mild flavor, low oil content
  • Perfect serve: With its meaty texture and large flakes, White Seabass is the perfect fish for grilling or even slow cooked on the barbeque.
HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY WHITE SEABASS
Species Range
White Seabass range Source: Fishbase.org
COMMON NAMES
White Weakfish
King Croaker
Corbina
Corvina Blanca
California White Seabass
Sea Trout
These crabs mate at the time of maturity, which is approximately 3 years of age. Females are smaller than males; this is because the development of reproductive tissues required more energy for females, leaving less energy available for continued body growth. They grow through a process known as molting—regularly shedding their shell and growing a new, larger one. They continue to molt and grow after they have reached sexual maturity. During the breeding season, the crabs leave their borrows in a phenomenon characterized by mass mate-searching events. Once mating/fertilization has occurred, females spawns in the water. The larvae released during the rainy season develop in offshore waters and return to coastal waters five to eight weeks after larval release.
Mangrove crabs are important fishery resources in all Brazilian coast, mainly in the north and northeast where many fishermen depend upon their catch. In addition to its social and economic importance, the mangrove crab is a “keystone” species in ecosystem, they playing an important role in the processes of nutrient cycling and energy transfer.

Fishing Methods

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Rod and Reel

This fishery uses a rod, reel and lure or baited hook trailed behind a vessel at low speed to catch fish. Each fish is individually hooked and hauled aboard by hand.

FISHERIES:

Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

Mangrove Crab Harvester

Canavieiras, Brazil

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