Atractoscion Nobilis
The white seabass is the largest member of the Sciaenid family found in California waters. In addition to being a popular sport fish, white seabass is also targeted by a commercial fishery. There have been commercial and recreational fisheries for white seabass in California since the 1890s. The fisheries occur primarily in southern California but in some years may extend to central California. The commercial fisheries use primarily drift gill nets but some fish are taken on hook-and-line. The current sport angling record is a 78-pound fish caught in Monterey Bay on April 4, 2002 by David L. Sternberg. White seabass are also taken by divers. The current sport diving record is for a 93-pound, 4-ounce fish caught in Malibu on September 17, 2007

Mission Statement

  The objectives of the Catalina Seabass Fund shall be to breed and preserve and otherwise prevent the extinction of seabass and other marine life in and around Santa Catalina Island and to employ any and all means and processes known, and which may become known to science, for accomplishing the breeding and preservation of the seabass and other marine life. The public purpose of the Catalina Seabass Fund is to educate the public regarding the importance of the preservation of marine life in and around the Santa Catalina Island area.