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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.S. has increased from about 400,000 pounds in 1987 to about 10.6 million pounds in 2001. The growth is in response to a market void resulting from the demise of natural fishery stocks of striped bass, an increased market demand for seafood in general (particularly in major cities), and the development of improved fish culture techniques. Hybrid striped bass are a cross between striped bass, Morone saxatilis, and white bass, M. chrysops. When the female parent is a striped bass the hybrid is called a palmetto bass; when the female is a white bass the hybrid is called a sunshine bass. Production of market size hybrid striped bass begins with spawning and fry production followed by fingerling production and grow out to market size in one or two phases. Production of fingerlings is one of the riskiest phases.
-SRAC Publication No. 302, Hybrid Striped Bass – Fingerling Production in Ponds