During the past 20 years, the pond culture of hybrid striped bass has developed into a successful sector of the United States aquaculture industry; annual production has grown exponentially from 10, pounds to nearly 12,, pounds during that period, write Louis R. Frinsko, North Carolina State University. A three-phase production system has been used. In Phase II, these fingerlings approximately 1 g are stocked into ponds at a density of 12, to 18, per acre. The advanced fingerlings produced during phase II are harvested at weights of to g, graded, and then stocked into the Phase III growout ponds at a density of 3, to 4, per acre and grown to market size SRAC Publication , However, a new two-phase system is now in use that eliminates the traditional Phase II component.
The most common type of hybrid striped bass is a hybrid of a saltwater male striped bass and freshwater female white bass, aka 'sunshine' bass. The other hybrid where the male and female are freshwater and saltwater respectively is referred to as a 'palmetto' bass. Due to declining wild populations in the 's farming of hybrid striped bass was established and has a track record of over three decades in the U. Some of the annual striped bass produced in the U. This differs from imported striped bass which is almost always sold frozen.
Need assistance with wildlife and fish management on your ranch, backyard, or pond? Hybrid striped bass production is a rapidly expanding aquaculture enterprise in the United States and other countries, including Taiwan, Israel and Italy. Annual production in the U.