Striped Bass (Wild, Domesticated, and Hybrid)
Striped Bass production in North Carolina is focused using the Hybrid Striped Bass, which is a cross between White Bass and Striped Bass (Morone chrysops x Morone saxatilis). Hybrid Stripped Bass are considered to be “non-naturally” accuring becuase the White Bass and Striped Bass do not hybradize naturally. When a female White Bass and a male Striped Bass are crossed, the offspring are refered to as reciprocal crosses hybrids or more commonly as Sunshine Bass. When a female Striped Bass and a male White Bass are crossed, the offspring are refered to as original crossed hybrids or Palmetto Bass. Hybrid Striped Bass are the forth most farmed fin fish in the US, behind only catfish, salmonids, and tilapia. In North Carolina this industry accounts for approximately 3,500,000 lbs annual production with a farm-gate value of nearly $14,000,000. Located in our coastal plane region, most production occurs in earthen ponds.
More recently, research at NCSU is showing improved production potential for domesticated Striped Bass, compared to the hybrid. Work in this area is ongoing with area producers conducting on-farm trials with much success.
Other NCSU Striped Bass Resources
For more information on Striped Bass production please see:
- SRAC 0300: Hybrid Striped Bass: Biology and Life History
- SRAC 0301: Hybrid Striped Bass: Hatchery Phase
- SRAC 0302: Hybrid Striped Bass: Fingerling Production in Ponds
- SRAC 0303: Hybrid Striped Bass: Pond Production of Foodfish
- SRAC 3000: Comparison of Costs of Different Hybrid Striped Bass Production Systems in Ponds
- SRAC 3001: Feeds and Feeding of Hybrid Striped Bass