Black Sea Bass

Black Sea Bass

Centopristis striata


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  • Distinguishing characteristics:   They are bluish to black in color and have the appearance of vertical white stripes.


In the Wild

  • Habitat:  They live in saltwater near rocky bottoms.
  • Diet:  Adults eat crabs, mussels,  and clams.
  • Predators:  Larger fish can eat juvenile black sea bass.
  • Size:  They can get up to 2 feet in the wild.
  • Life Span:  They can live up to 20 years.



In the Aquatics Lab

  • Diet:  Squid
  • Size:  3-4”
  • Quantity:  1


Other information

  • Virginia Regulations:  Currently, you can keep 15 fish per person that are over 12.5 inches.
  • Commercial Uses:  Black sea bass is a highly sought after by the commercial fishing fleets in the Bay.

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