The Pacific, or California, barracuda is one of about 20 species of predatory fish in the family Sphyraenidae. It is found from Baja, California, to Kodiak Island, Alaska, but is most prevalent from Baja to Southern California. The great, or Atlantic, barracuda (S. barracuda) is also a commercial species, but the Pacific barracuda is the only one marketed in the United States. It is seldom bigger than 12 pounds; market size averages 3 to 6 pounds. The great barracuda can attain 100 pounds. It has little domestic market value, since great barracuda from Florida and the Caribbean have been associated with ciguatera poisoning. Properly handled Pacific barracuda poses no health threat. The fish must be bled immediately upon harvesting, or the meat will turn dark and spoil even when frozen. Rapid icing is also important to maintain quality.