The Safina Center

Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Bass, Striped (Suzuki) – U.S., Gillnets & Pound Nets These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Striped Bass are a moderately growing, long-lived fish found along the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. and Canada. Since the collapse of the Striped Bass fishery in the 1980s, numbers have gradually increased due to successful management, and today Striped Bass have a high abundance throughout much of their range.

Striped Bass are an important recreational and commercial seafood species. When caught with gillnets and pound nets, some non-target species are caught, including river herring,  a depleted species, and Atlantic sturgeon, whose populations are listed as threatened or endangered.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury and PCBs that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury and PCBs in Striped Bass. Check out our mercury in seafood section.