Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata)
The black sea bass (Centropristis striata) is often found near oyster reefs and other hard submerged structures.
The black sea bass is common in South Carolina estuaries (where rivers meet the sea) and offshore areas. As a juvenile, this fish has a brownish color and lives in estuaries from July to November (juveniles migrate offshore in December). It is often found near hard submerged structures, such as pier pilings and oyster reefs, where it feeds mainly on shrimp and other small crustaceans. As an adult, this fish has a bluish-black color and lives offshore, where it feeds mainly on crabs and small fish. The black sea bass is harvested commercially and recreationally in South Carolina.