Black Sea Bass
Black sea bass are found primarily along the middle and southern coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Most fish brought to market are caught by rod and line, or in traps, since the bottom structure loving fish is subject to trawler-net harvesting methods only when moving between shallow and deep water for their bi-annual migration. The supply of black sea bass is seasonal and limited by quotas and season limits. Although not yet proven in a commercial Recirculating Aquaculture System
, studies at the University of North Carolina and Milford Labs in Connecticut, and AHI’s initial trials indicate that black sea bass may be candidates for large scale commercial production. Distributors are keen to obtain substantially higher volumes of black sea bass on a year round basis, and chefs with whom we have spoken describe the fish as a perfect plate sized species for their customers’ tables. NOAA statistics report recent annual harvests of ~2 million pounds, but market research indicates substantial unmet needs in the marketplace.