Traceable Species

European Seabass


Mediterranean Seabass, Sea dace

European Seabass

European Seabass are a feisty fish prized by anglers for their fighting nature. They live in near-shore areas including estuaries, lagoons and rivers, from West Africa and the Mediterranean to the North Atlantic. The seabass was one of the first fish species to be farmed in Europe beginning in France in the 1970s.

European Seabass are silvery grey to bluish on the back, silvery on the sides and white on the belly. They have an elongated body and can grow up to one metre (3.3 feet) long and weigh up to 15 kg (33 lbs.). The fish is highly prized by restaurants for its delicate sweet flavour.

European Seabass

This species is very slow growing and takes many years to reach full maturity: a 20-year-old bass, for example, typically weighs around 5 kg (11 lbs.). The females are sexually mature at five to eight years and males at two to four years. At this point, these fish will begin spawning, laying their small pelagic eggs near river mouths and estuaries or in saltier tidal areas. There is only one spawning season per year, which generally takes place in winter in the Mediterranean populations and up to June in Atlantic populations. A hardy fish, seabass aren’t particularly sensitive to low temperatures and so some fish may over-winter in coastal lagoons instead of returning to warmer waters in the open ocean. Seabass are predators feeding on small fish, prawns and crabs.

Food Info European Seabass


TASTING NOTES

  • Colour: white
  • Texture: semi-fatty with firm yet delicate flesh and no bones which holds together well while cooking
  • Flavour: delicate and sweetly flavoured with skin that is quite tough and strongly flavoured
  • Perfect serve: As a semi-fatty fish, it is best prepared steamed, poached or in a parchment papillotte, seasoned with fresh herbs and spices and a splash of white wine. Seabass are also excellent for stuffing, as they hold their shape very well.
HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY EUROPEAN SEABASS
Species Range
European Seabass range Source: Fishbase.org
COMMON NAMES
Mediterranean Seabass
Sea dace
FISHERY OPENINGS
European Seabass by Beach Gill Net Apr 30 - Oct 31
These crabs mate at the time of maturity, which is approximately 3 years of age. Females are smaller than males; this is because the development of reproductive tissues required more energy for females, leaving less energy available for continued body growth. They grow through a process known as molting—regularly shedding their shell and growing a new, larger one. They continue to molt and grow after they have reached sexual maturity. During the breeding season, the crabs leave their borrows in a phenomenon characterized by mass mate-searching events. Once mating/fertilization has occurred, females spawns in the water. The larvae released during the rainy season develop in offshore waters and return to coastal waters five to eight weeks after larval release.
Mangrove crabs are important fishery resources in all Brazilian coast, mainly in the north and northeast where many fishermen depend upon their catch. In addition to its social and economic importance, the mangrove crab is a “keystone” species in ecosystem, they playing an important role in the processes of nutrient cycling and energy transfer.

Fishing Methods

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Beach Gillnet

This fishery uses curtains of netting suspended by a system of floats and weights along the seashore to catch fish. The fine netting is almost invisible so fish unwittingly get caught in the mesh.

FISHERIES:

Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

Mangrove Crab Harvester

Canavieiras, Brazil

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