- Although the flesh of the almaco jack is considered quality table fare, the species has been associated with ciguatera poisoning, a seldom fatal stomach irritation.
- The almaco jack is susceptible to tapeworm parasites in the caudal peduncle area, but the meat can be eaten safely if affected portions are cut away.
Bank sea bass (Centropristis)
Bank sea bass have the stout body typical of all sea bass. Coloration is pale olive to brassy brown on the top and sides, fading to white on the bottom. There are wavy blue lines on the head and the lips are purplish-blue. Black vertical stripes made up of splotches cover the side, beginning after the head to the tail. The tail is tri-lobed on the adult, with the two outer rays and the middle rays extending outward and forming two u-shaped indentations. There are two, connected, dorsal fins.
Bank sea bass feed on the bottom for squid, crustaceans and small fish.
Bank sea bass are found in the western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Florida, including the Gulf of Mexico.
Bank sea bass are offshore fish found in deep waters usually around 180 feet. They prefer rocky structural elements, particularly reefs and rock pilings. This species is typically found in waters between the temperature of 42 and 84 F.