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Corvina Fish - a Culinary Profile

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Corvina is a generic name for a large variety of fish found all around the world. What they have in common is that they are all either Drum Fish or Croakers and belong to the Scaienidae family of fish.  There are 270 species within the Drum Fish and Croaker family throughout the world.  The difference between a Drum Fish and a Croaker is that one makes a distinct drumming sound and the other makes a croaking sound (for real!).

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Corvina has a mild, sweet taste with firm, large flaked flesh which is pinkish when raw but cooks up white.  The flesh resembles Snapper.  In South America Corvina is regarded as a prime table fish and is very popular for ceviche.

Alternate Names

Bigtooth Corvina, Orange Mouth Corvina, Crocus, Yellow Corvina, Grumbler, Hardhead, Silk Corvina, Shorfin Corvina, Gulf Corvina, Corbina, Drum, Yellow Croaker, Atlantic Croaker, California White Sea Bass, Chilean Croaker, Reef Croaker, Whitemouth Drummer, Shortfin Weakfish, Silver Weakfish, Sharpnose Hammer Cracker, Golden Croaker, Japanese Sea Bass and more.

Corvina Descriptions (Atlantic Croaker - Micropogonias undulatus, Chilean Croaker - Cilus gilberti, Yellow Croaker - Pseudosciaena manchurica Whitemouth Drummer - Micropogonias furnieri, Reef Croaker - Odontoscion dentex, Gulf Corvina - Cynoscion othonopterus, Bigtooth Corvina - Isopisthus parvipinnis, Shortfin Weakfish - Isopisthus remifer, Shortfin Corvina - Cynoscion parvipinnis)

Due to the confusion surrounding this name I have chosen to list multiple species here which are commonly called Corvina.  There are others which are also called Corvina - hence the confusion. In essence, many members of the Drum or Croaker family are called Corvina.  The ones listed above are among the most common. 

Average size varies by considerably by species. Atlantic Croakers average about 1 pound with a max weight of 3 1/2 pounds, while some Drum fish average about 10 - 15 lbs with a max weight of around 100 lbs.

Corvina-Yellow Croaker
Regulatory Fish Encyclopedia: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 1993-2010

Bigtooth Corvina
picture by Carvalho Filho, A.

Corvina-Yellow Croaker Fillet
Regulatory Fish Encyclopedia: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 1993-2010

Fresh Wild Availability

Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh.  Frozen available all year long.

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Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery

Latin American Pacific Corvina
ItemTo
H & G
To Skin/On FilletsTo Skin/Off FilletsNotes
Whole Head/On
Ungutted
86% 43% 36%
If you have additional yield info on this fish please comment below.
Head/Off, gutted (H&G)   50% 42%
Skin/On Fillets   -- 84%
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.

 

Range & Habitat

Corvina is a general name which is used for many different types of Drum Fish and Croaker Fish.  The map to the right is a general compilation of all species showing the suitable habitat of all Drums & Croakers worldwide, but each individual species has its own limited range and habitat. 

The Atlantic Croaker for instance inhabits a fairly broad region in the waters of the Northeast US Atlantic, while the Gulf Corvina (California Sea Bass) inhabits a very limited area  in the Gulf of California.

Corvina Range
AquaMaps     Data sources: GBIF

Typical Wholesale Products

Whole gutted, Skin/On Fillets, Skin/Off Fillets

Recipes

Visit the corvina video page, or check-out the recipe database page and search our favorite seafood recipe sites.

 

Corvina Sustainability Info

NameAlternate NamesCatch MethodWhere
Caught
Seafood
Watch
Blue
Ocean
Ocean
Wise
Sea
Choice
Health
Concerns
Atlantic Croaker
Micropogonias undulatus
Corbina, Corvina, Crocus, Grumbler, Hardhead Gillnet, Haul Seines, Pound Nets US Atlantic Green-icon_20.png   Green-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png PCB's
Atlantic Croaker
Micropogonias undulatus
Corbina, Corvina, Crocus, Grumbler, Hardhead Trawl
US Atlantic Yellow-icon_20.png   Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png PCB's
Corvina
Cynoscion othonopterus
Corvina Golfina, Gulf Corvina, White Sea Bass, California Sea Bass Bottom Gillnet, Handline, Trawler California Gulf Red-Dot_20.png   Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png  
Corvina Drum
Cilus gilberti
Peruvian Corvina, Chilean Croaker Hook & Line South America   Yellow-icon_20.png      

 Green-icon_20.png = Best Choice/Recommended     Yellow-icon_20.png = Good Alternative     Red-Dot_20.png = Avoid/Not Recommended                      Updated Jan 2013

Because Corvina is a generic name for many different species be sure to ask your fishmonger which fish you are buying in order to verify sustainability. With Atlantic Croaker the biggest concern is catch method. For Gulf Corvina the primary concern is over-fishing of a species with a very limited habitat.

 

** Corvina Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving

* Calories/Calories from fat 204
* Protein grams 30
* Fat grams 8.4
* Saturated fat grams 1.9
* Sodium milligrams 129
* Cholesterol milligrams 110
* Omega-3 grams  
** Nutritional info is very general as Corvina refers to so many different fish.
 

 


Click on the corvina and ceviche video page for recipes and butchering videos.

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JUJU [173.168.3.210] [ Jul 01, 2013 ]

Good info ESP  the catch method.