Florida seafood markets to offer farm-raised largemouth bass
PORT ST. LUCIE — Coming soon to your neighborhood seafood market: farm-raised Florida largemouth bass. Thanks to a law passed this spring, bass will expand its popularity from a favorite fishing target to the seafood sales list in the Sunshine State.
At face value, the issue seems simple. Allow a popular well-known species of fish to be farmed and sold in Florida — two things that have not been allowed for decades.
However, when Florida politics collide with fish management policy, nothing is easy. That was apparent Thursday during a presentation at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting in St. Augustine.
How did bass become a dinner choice?
The Legislature this year passed HB 669, introduced by Rep. Dana Trabulsy, R-Fort Pierce, to allow for the aquaculture industry to include the Florida strain of largemouth bass as a species it can raise and sell.