Striped Bass

Established species in the project locationSB
  • Morone saxatilis a.k.a. striped bass, stripers and rock bass
  • Introduced to San Francisco Bay in the 1880s
  • Considered a valuable recreational species in the Sacramento River Delta
  • Reported as “common” within the project range
  • Anadromous species cannot reproduce in Southern California because of lack of river flow
No conflict with commercial fishing
  • Designated by the State of California as a “recreational species”
  • Cannot be caught commercially
  • Marketing will revitalize existing seafood processing and distribution infrastructure
Proven source for fingerlings assures steady supply
  • Striped bass have been cultured for over 100 years for replenishment
  • Several existing hatchery operations can provide juveniles to the farm project
Proven market value, interest level and growth opportunity
  • Experimentation in Mexico indicates a significant market for cultured striped bass
  • Striped bass can supply whole fish, filet and sushi markets
  • Firm, white flesh is highly prized by chefs and wholesalers
  • Pre-processing value estimated at $8 per kilo
  • Initial volume of 1,000 metric tons (1 million kilos, or 2.2 million pounds) valued at $8 million
  • Ultimate volume of 5,000 metric tons valued at $40 million
Scientific partner has long-standing, proven experience
  • Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute culturing striped bass since the early 1970s
  • An existing adult population for spawning already exists and there is ample opportunity for collecting additional adult fish

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