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Striped bass were originally found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.  They were introduced to Pacific waters in the early 1890s.  Because of the popularity of striped bass as an excellent food and game fish, they were in great demand and wild populations began to decline in the 1970s.  As a result, commercial harvest and sport fishing became strictly regulated to relieve growing pressure on the fisheries.  

Proven track record.

Sold commercially for over 30 years, U.S. farmed striped bass is a known quantity.  The industry historically meets U.S. quality standards for use of approved chemicals and aquaculture drugs.  Most hybrid striped bass farms in this country are still owned and operated by families with daily, intimate involvement in growing the fish and maintaining their farms responsibly. 

U.S. oversight & regulation.

Like all U.S. aquaculture, striped bass growers are regulated by dozens of governmental agencies dedicated to protecting the environment. Just a few of these are the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Commerce, the Food and Drug Administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The most common hybrid striped bass on the market is a cross between a freshwater white bass female (Morone chrysops) and a salt-water striped bass male (Morone saxatilis).  This hybrid is sometimes called a sunshine bass or reciprocal cross.  The other less common hybrid is the palmetto bass or original cross, which  involves a striped bass female and white bass male.  Both hybrids are distinguished by the broken stripes that run along the sides of the fish.

Click here to view Fish Culture: Is Aquaculture Sustainable? Mythbusting Feed, Food, and the Future by Dr. Jesse Tyler Trushenski, Fish Culture Section of the American Fisheries Society.

Nutrition solutions.

Striped bass are predatory animals and depend on animal proteins for healthy growth. While significant strides have been made to reduce the amount of fish protein required in striped bass diets, on-going public and private collaborations promise further reductions are on the horizon.

Aquaculture feeds are regulated by the FDA, USDA, and the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).  Click here for more details about how feed and the aquaculture industry as a whole is regulated in the U.S. Click here to read about fishmeal and fish oil reduction in aquaculture feeds.

Click here to read why Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® rated U.S. farmed striped bass a BEST CHOICE.