U.S. farmed hybrid striped bass is well-loved by chefs, who appreciate its mild texture, delicate flavor and incredible adaptability.

Hybrid striped bass are a cross between striped bass and white bass, and have an even more delicate taste and texture than wild striped bass. Their light flavor combines well with subtle Asian seasonings, robust roasted vegetables or simple preparations for the grill. Try hybrid striped bass grilled with a red onion marmalade or roasted with a green olive vinaigrette.

Try U.S. farmed hybrid striped bass with currant glaze and spinach and heirloom tomato salad or pan roasted U.S. farmed hybrid striped bass with bitter greens, truffled peaches and wakame.

Also known as:

Farm-raised hybrid striped bass, striped bass, striper, sunshine bass, palmetto bass, wiper, greenhead, linesider, rockfish, roller, squidhound

Availability:

Year-round

Product forms:

Fresh or frozen, whole fish, fillets or steaks

Shopping tips:

All striped bass have dark gray stripes that run from their head to their tail, but the stripes on hybrid striped bass are disjointed in the center.

Substitutions:

U.S. farmed hybrid striped bass can be substituted for any subtly-flavored white fish.

Recipes:

U.S. farmed hybrid striped bass with currant glaze and spinach and heirloom tomato salad

Pan roasted U.S. farmed hybrid bass with bitter greens, truffled peaches and wakame

Striped bass farming: Hybrid striped bass result from cross-fertilizing white bass with striped bass; when a female striper is crossed with a male white bass they are called Palmetto bass More.

Conservation notes:

U.S. farm-raised hybrid striped bass are an environmentally responsible seafood choice. More.
Last updated: August 2009

 

Striped Bass Farming

Hybrid striped bass result from cross-fertilizing white bass with striped bass; when a female striper is crossed with a male white bass they are called Palmetto bass, when the egg contributions are from a white bass, the resulting hybrid is marketed as sunshine bass. Hybrid bass grow faster, have better disease resistance and greater tolerance to environmental fluctuations than their wild counterparts, which make them more suitable as an aquaculture species. Generally, U.S. hybrid striped striped bass farming takes place in ponds or tank systems. Farming hybrid striped bass allows for more bass to enter the marketplace since the majority of wild striped bass are caught in the recreational fishery.

Conservation Notes

U.S. farm-raised hybrid striped bass are an environmentally responsible seafood choice. Hybrids grow faster and are more disease resistant than their wild cousins making them easier to farm. These benefits lead to improved environmental performance through improved resource efficiency and a reduction or elimination of chemicals to treat diseases. The U.S. hybrid striped bass farming industry relies primarily on pond or tank systems which allows for easy implementation of measures that reduce the risk of escapes and disease transfers to wild stocks. Additionally farms are required by law to ensure effluents do not overly impact the area surrounding the farms.