Striped Bass (Morone Saxatilis) – known as ji’kaw to Mi’kmaq people, striped bass has always been prized for food and celebrations.
Today the population in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is thriving. As a result, in the fall of 2018, Eel Ground First Nations launched Canada’s first commercial striped bass fishery in more than 30-years – and the community is determined to do things right. Using trap nets placed in New Brunswick’s Miramichi River, where these saltwater fish overwinter and spawn, each striped bass is hand-selected. Local fishermen are employed and benefits are felt by the community. Caught seasonally in the spring and fall, striped bass is a firm, white-fleshed fish with a rich flavor.