- Black sea bass have dangerously sharp spines on their dorsal fin that can puncture human skin.
- The all-tackle world record for black sea bass is 9 pounds, 8 ounces.
- When hooked in deep water and brought quickly to the surface, a black sea bass will often regurgitate its stomach contents.
The Bureau of Resource Management is comprised of six divisions: Assessment and Statistics, Biological Monitoring, Ecology, Marine Education, Public Health and Stock Enhancement
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The division is focused on direct stakeholder issues. Two field staff work directly with fisheries organizations and individuals with regard to implementation of laws and regulations and other opportunities or problems which need resolution. The marketing program is responsible for understanding economic and market issues that affect the fishing and aquaculture industries for purposes of applying agency resources on them. It is also responsible for providing development assistance to those industries. The watershed program is concerned primarily with municipal shellfish management programs and with issues that effect ecological integrity in coastal regions with a focus on watersheds. The division is also concerned with environmental impact assessment of wetlands, dredging, waste discharge projects, and providing assessment advice to federal and state agencies.