- The flesh of the black drum is white, flaky and easily separated from the large bones. It is most often prepared in soups and chowders.
- Spaghetti worms are common in the larger black drum. Although the worms are not harmful to humans, many anglers release the larger fish.
- Black drum roe is a highly prized delicacy.
- The large, silvery scales of the black drum are often used in fish jewelry.
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