Loup de Mer (Sea Bass / Branzino)
Loup de Mer is a popular fish in Mediterranean cuisine, where it is often served whole and roasted with herbs and lemon
Loup de Mer, also known as European sea bass or branzino, is a popular and highly prized fish found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Black Sea. This fish is highly valued for its delicate flavor and firm, white flesh, making it a favorite among chefs and seafood lovers.
The loup de mer is a silvery fish with a streamlined body and sharp fins. Its body can grow up to 1 meter in length, but typically ranges from 30 to 60 centimeters. It has a distinctive black spot on each side of its body near the base of its tail fin.
Loup de mer is found in coastal waters throughout the eastern Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Black Sea. They can be found in a variety of habitats, from rocky coastlines to sandy bottoms, but they prefer areas with seagrass beds or other underwater vegetation.
Fishing and Seasonality
Loup de mer is a highly sought after fish among recreational and commercial fishers alike. They are typically caught using handlines, longlines, and traps. Loup de mer is available year-round but has a peak season during the summer months when they are most active and easier to catch.
Loup de mer is highly valued for its delicate flavor and firm, white flesh. It is a popular fish in Mediterranean cuisine, where it is often served whole and roasted with herbs and lemon. It can also be grilled, pan-fried, or baked. Loup de mer pairs well with a variety of flavors, including tomatoes, olives, capers, and garlic.
Loup de mer populations have been in decline in recent years due to overfishing, habitat destruction, and pollution. To address this issue, many countries have implemented fishing quotas and regulations to protect loup de mer populations. The fish is also included on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as "vulnerable."