Black Sea Bass
- 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
- 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.