Bank Sea Bass: Centropristis ocyurus


  • Pale olive or brassy brown in color with indistinct black blotches that form vertical barrings (the blotch above the pectoral fin is darker)
  • Wavy blue lines on the head and the lips are purplish-blue
  • The caudal fin is tri-lobed on adults
  • Edge of the nape is unscaled


 Bank sea bass are found offshore in deep water with rocks and reefs.


These fish feed on the bottom consuming squid, crustaceans, and small fish.

Additional Information

State Record: This species is not currently eligible for a state record. 

Fishing Tips and Facts: Bank sea bass start life as females and then change to male after three to four spawning seasons.

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered marine mammals in U.S. waters.

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