Bass, seabass (Farmed)

Dicentrarchus labrax

Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Recirculating system
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Sustainability overview

Seabass in France can be farmed in land based tanks known as recircualting aquaculture systems (RAS). These enclosed systems have the advantage of not having any interaction with the surrounding environment and prevent escapes, pollution and disease transfer. Fish farmed in this way are a good environmental choice.

Biology

Bass or seabass belongs to a family of spiny-finned fish called Moronidae, which are closely related to groupers. Bass breed from March to mid-June, mostly in April, in British coastal and offshore waters. From January to March in the Bay of Biscay and from February to May in the English Channel and eastern Celtic Sea. It is a long-lived and slow growing species - up to 30 years of age, and can achieve a length of up to 1m with a weight of 12kg. Male bass mature at 31-35cm (aged 3-6 years) and females mature at 40-45cm (aged 5-8 years). Once mature, bass may migrate within UK coastal waters and occasionally further offshore. Increases in sea water temperature in recent decades has likely led to a more northerly distribution of seabass as it is now found further north into the North Sea. Climate warming may also have lengthened the time adult seabass spend in the summer feeding areas. After spawning, seabass tend to return to the same coastal sites each year.

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Management

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Production method

Recirculating system

Seabass in France can be farmed in land based tanks known as recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).

Alternatives

Based on method of production, fish type, and consumer rating: only fish rated 2 and below are included as an alternative in the list below. Click on a name to show the sustainable options available.

Basa, Tra, Catfish or Vietnamese River Cobbler
Bass, seabass (Farmed)
Bream, Gilthead (Farmed)
Cod, Atlantic Cod
Coley, Saithe
Haddock
Hake, Cape
Hake, European
Japanese amberjack, Yellowtail or Seriola
Pollack or Lythe
Pollock, Alaska, Walleye
Pouting or Bib
Sturgeon (Farmed)
Tilapia
Whiting

References

http://www.fao.org/docrep/field/003/AB881E/AB881E03.htm

FAO Information on Sea Bass in the Mediterranean: http://www.fao.org/fishery/culturedspecies/Dicentrarchus_labrax/en

GlobalGap. Aquaculture Standard. Version 4. February 2012

http://www.fao.org/fishery/legalframework/nalo_turkey/en#tcNB00E7

http://www.fao.org/fishery/culturedspecies/Dicentrarchus_labrax/en

GlobalGap. Aquaculture Standard. Version 4. February 2012

http://www.fao.org/fishery/legalframework/nalo_turkey/en#tcNB00E7