White Seaperch


The White Seaperch, scientifically known as Phanerodon‍ furcatus, is a majestic marine-species from the family Embiotocidae. Giving life⁤ to the Pacific Ocean with their​ magnificent features, these fish are noted for their⁢ eye-catching silvery-white hue, thus earning‌ them‍ their ⁢name.

Conservation Status

Proudly thriving ​in the vast‌ expanses of the Pacific, the White Seaperch does‍ not currently feature on any endangered or⁢ threatened⁢ species list. Conservation efforts surrounding this species mainly focus ​on maintaining healthy marine habitats and preventing overfishing.


Length (Average) 20 cm
Length (Range) 15-30 ⁣cm
Weight⁤ (Average) 0.5 kg
Weight (Range) 0.2-2 kg
Life Span (Average) Up to 10 years


The White Seaperch is widespread along ⁣the ⁣Pacific Coast, flourishing from the‍ rich waters of Baja California all the way up to British Columbia. Though this species does not typically ​partake in substantial ⁤migration patterns, they do occasionally move short ‍distances offshore and back ​depending on food availability.


Being the ⁢avid swimmers that they are, the White Seaperch prefers saltwater ⁢habitats covering a⁤ wide ⁤range of depths, from shallow intertidal ​zones ⁤to deeper offshore environments. They typically thrive in moderate temperatures of around 10-24°C.

When ⁤and Where to See

White Seaperch can be commonly spotted throughout the year, with higher ‍frequencies during⁢ the ​warmer months. Being diurnal creatures, they are usually⁤ active ⁤during ⁣the ⁢daytime.

Best Fishing‍ Locations & ‌General Tips

These fish can be caught​ at several classic locations around the Pacific Coast, including:

  1. Baja ⁤California, Mexico
  2. Monterey Bay, California
  3. Puget Sound, ‍Washington
  4. Fraser​ River, British ​Columbia
  5. Santa​ Monica Pier, California
  6. Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  7. Neah ​Bay, Washington
  8. Humboldt Bay, California
  9. Columbia River, Oregon
  10. Sitka, Alaska

As general ‌advice, look out for clear, calm waters and ‍avoid overfished areas for a successful catch.

How to Catch

The White Seaperch tends to fall for⁢ bait ⁤like shrimp, squid, or anchovies.‍ Techniques such as bottom fishing ⁢and fly fishing ‍are proven to work well with this species. Monsoons are‍ the⁣ best season to fish for them, particularly during the early morning or late‍ afternoon hours.

Identification Guide

The⁢ White Seaperch ⁤are distinguishable by their silvery-white color, forked ⁤tail and ‍the dark ‍vertical bar‍ at⁤ the base of their tail fin. They might be easily confused with the Silver Surfperch because of their similar color, ​but the White Seaperch ​has a sleeker‌ shape and more defined fork in⁢ the tail.

Culinary​ Aspect

The White Seaperch is an appealing culinary delight with its ‍firm meat ‍and mild flavor. Grilled, poached⁤ or⁢ fried, these fish turn up at a host of seafood restaurants. High in ⁢nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and protein, it’s not ​just the tantalizing taste,‌ but also the health ⁢boosts that make this fish a perfect ‌menu choice.

Additional Information

The White Seaperch⁣ are generally a carnivorous ‍species, preying on smaller invertebrates and ⁣occasionally algae. Natural ‌predators include larger fish and marine⁢ birds. Humans are their primary threat through overfishing and habitat⁢ destruction.

References and Further Reading

In addition to⁢ the references mentioned, those interested in learning more about the ⁤White Seaperch can‌ explore various online databases, marine science texts, and fishing guides. The California Department of Fish⁤ and Wildlife’s “Guide to ⁢the ⁣Coastal Marine Fishes of California” ⁣is⁢ one recommended reading.