Scientific NameCynoscion regalis
Market FormsWhole, dressed, fillet, fresh or frozen.
SizeGrey sea trout average about 1 to 5 pounds but at maturity can exceed 11 pounds.
Taste/TextureFinely textured, white meat with a mild, sweet flavor.
Nutritional Value99 Calories (100 grams, 3.5 oz.)
SubstitutabilityThis light fish can be substituted for haddock, cod, rainbow trout or pollock and sea bass, among others.
FolkloreMany people know the sea trout by its nickname,“weakfish”which is derived from its delicate and easily torn mouth tissue. But that painful image aside, the sea trout is known for its beauty, as its slim dark grey body reveals a spectrum of other colors, including shiny purple, lavender, green, blue and copper rounded out by a silvery white underbelly. Belying its outward beauty, sea trout devours smaller fish and shellfish in an attempt to assuage its voracious appetite.
HarvestingGill nets, haul seines, pound nets, otter trawls, and purse seines are used by day boats in the commercial fishing of sea trout.
Safety/QualityVirginia’s waters and products are regulated by federal and state agencies including the FDA, the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, insuring that only safe wholesome seafood reaches our customers.