Family: Serranidae, Sea Basses view all from this family
Description The black sea bass (Centropristis striata) is an exclusively marine fish. It is a type of Grouper (Serranidae) found more commonly in northern than in southern ranges.
It inhabits the coasts from Maine to NE Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. There are three large biomass populations of black sea bass: one off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, one in the area of the Chesapeake Bay, and one off New York. They can be found in inshore waters (bays and sounds) and offshore in waters up to a depth of 130 m (425'). They spend most of their time close to the sea floor and are often congregated around bottom formations such as rocks, man-made reefs, wrecks, jetties, piers, and bridge pilings.
Dimensions Up to 24" (61 cm).
Habitat Ocean or bay shallows, Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes.
Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida.