J. R. (Brian) Clark
Nearshore Marine Fish Research Program
Department of Biology
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8303
Reproductive behavior of the giant sea bass, Stereolepis gigas
Giant sea bass are the largest and only teleost megacarnivore found in the California kelp bed community. They have been targeted for both recreational and commercial fishing since the late 1800’s causing the numbers to dwindle so rapidly that they are now on the IUCN Red List as a critically endangered species. For being such a popular trophy fish, there is very little known about their life history and behaviors. Reproductive strategies lay the foundation for an organism's success. I will be investigating the reproductive behaviors and mating system of Giant Sea Bass with hopes to aid in the preservation of this species. Understanding these strategies and behaviors will aid in the conservation of the giant sea bass The little information that we have about giant sea bass is mainly speculation with little to no data to back it up and I hope to in the gaps.