Fish of Atlantic coastal waters

Atlantic coastal waters

Contents: Economics • Fishing gear • Fishing grounds • Conservation • Oysters (Ostrea virginica) • Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) • Croaker (Micropogon undulatus) • Porgy (Stenotomus chrysops) • Striped bass (Roccus saxatilis) • Weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) • Summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) • Shad (Alosa sapidissima) • Butterfish (Poronotus triacanthus) • Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) • Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) • Menhaden (Brevoortia spp) • River herring (Pornolobus spp) • Sea bass (Centropristes striatus) • Eel (Anguilla rostrata) • Whiting (Merluccius bilinearis) • Kingfish (Menticirrhus spp) • Bonito (Sarda sarda) • Mussels (Modiolus demissus) • Scallops: Bay (Aequipecten plagioctenium irradians) ; Sea (Placopecten grandis) • Hard shelled clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) • Surf clam (Mactra solidissima) • Appendix • Nutritive value of fish and shellfish • General guides for selecting and preparing fish • Bibliography •

The Middle Atlantic region is a natural division of the Atlantic coast in both a geographic and a biological sense. Its geographic boundaries are clearly defined: on the south Cape Hatteras, the most easterly seaward projection of the North Carolina shore; on the north Cape Cod. Biologically, the fauna of this long, curving Middle Atlantic shore is distinct from that of the North and South Atlantic coasts. Cape Hatteras and Cape Cod are natural boundaries of the marine world. There is some straying beyond them, some overlapping of ranges, but for the most part the truly southern, tropical or semi-tropical fishes live belo-v Hatteras, the typically cold water fishes beyond and north of Cape Cod.

Most characteristic of the Middle Atlantic fauna is a group of 60 or more species collectively known as shore fishes. They are a migratory group, their migrations are seasonal, and for generations their movements have determined the character of the fisheries of the region. In the spring and summer, shorefish move in to coastal waters, including bays, sounds, sometimes river estuaries. They tend to be more concentrated at this season toward the northern part of their range. In the fall and early winter they migrate to offshore more southerly wintering grounds.


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Q. What are the health effects associated with methylmercury exposure and who is at risk?
A. Nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, therefore people can be exposed to methylmercury by eating fish. While most people’s fish consumption does not cause a health concern, high levels of mercury in the blood stream can have an effect on the developing nervous system of young children and unborn babies. Therefore, according to the 2004 FDA/EPA consumer advisory on methylmercury in fish, pregnant women, nursing mothers, women of childbearing age and those who might become pregnant and young children should follow this advice:
The advisory currently states:
Do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury


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