Hybrid Striped Bass Aquaculture in North Carolina

Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid striped bass (HSB), a cross between a saltwater striped bass, and a freshwater white bass is a popular cultivar in North Carolina. Currently, NC is home to 14 HSB foodfish producers, three of which also producer fingerlings, or stocker fish. In 2012, 2.1 million pounds of HSB were produced, in addition to more than four million fingerlings. The NC HSB industry is dominated by pond production, with 633 total pond acres. In addition, one tank-based recirculating …

What does "color added" mean on a label for salmon at the grocery store?

“Color added” on a label for salmon and salmon products means that the salmon were given a feed which contains a pigment called astaxanthin. When the feed is digested, the astaxanthin is absorbed into the fish’s flesh giving the fillets or steaks a reddish or ‘salmon’ color. Astaxanthin is pigment occurring in nature that gives flamingos their pink coloration. It also turns cooked shrimp and crabs an orange-red color. ┬áIn the wild, salmon get astaxanthin through their diets, which consist …