Black Sea Bass

Centropristis striata
Black Sea Bass

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.

Our Black Sea Bass

Centropristis striata Juvenile
Centropristis striata Juvenile
Black Sea Bass tank
Juvenile Black Sea Bass Tank
Sea Bass for market
Ultra Fresh & Ready for Market
Product Development Info
  • AHI grew over 600 black sea bass to market size in 2013-2014.
  • The juveniles were obtained from Great Bay Aquaculture in Portsmouth NH, no longer in business.
  • The fish were sold in a range of sizes from ¾ - 1 ½ ponds to gauge market interest and to gather feedback on their quality.
  • AHI is currently growing another batch of 220 black sea bass obtained as juveniles from the University of North Carolina. The fish are being cultured at the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research. As part of our studies, we are investigating different feeds and growth conditions for this promising fish.
  • We anticipate selling these fish for test marketing purposes later in 2016, and hope to start another batch later this year.