SCFRMP staff is collecting white seabass from areas within the Southern California Bight during spawning season (March - September) from 2016 onward. A range of lengths will be targeted to obtain juvenile through adult size classes. Staff will calculate the following reproductive parameters for white seabass: gonadal somatic indices (GSI), length and age at which 100% of fish have reached maturity, fecundity and the reproductive potential of adults.
An improved dataset for white seabass EFI (reproductive parameters) will allow CDFW to evaluate the effectiveness of current size limits. The collection of this EFI will contribute to stock assessments and FMPs and generate reliable spawning biomass estimates.