White Seabass Aquaculture
The white seabass, Atractoscion nobilis, is a member of the family Sciaenidae, which includes croakers and drums. Atractoscion nobilis have numerous aquaculture characteristics desirable for commercialization, including excellent market appeal. Consumer and market surveys of farmed A. nobilis have consistently yielded reviews of ‘good to excellent’ when rated for taste, texture, appearance, and freshness. Wild adult A. nobilis adapt readily to captivity, are highly fecund batch spawners (100,000 eggs/kg of female), will spawn out of season, and produce eggs with high viability (median 73%) and with good hatching rates (median 88%).
Drawbridge, M., Shane M., Silbernagel C. The status of white seabass, Atractoscion nobilis, as a commercially ready species for marine US aquaculture. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. 2020.