Pelagic fish Research

Pelagic fish Research

The main focus of the Foundation’s research grant program is elucidating the biology and life history of billfishes in the Gulf of Mexico with special emphasis on the blue marlin. The long term goal of the program is to encourage research that will allow for successful management and the development of sustainable populations of pelagic fishes in the Gulf of Mexico. To that end, MCF has both contributed to and participated in the activities undertaken by Dr. Jay Rooker’s Pelagic …

Pelagic Fish Definition

Pelagic Fish Definition

Pelagic is a term that refers to a part of the sea or ocean, that is not near the shore nor near the bottom. Water in this area is said to be in the pelagic zone. Water at the bottom of the sea and within the tidal zone of a shoreline is not in the pelagic zone. Think of bowl of ice cream. Now, scoop out all of the ice cream except for a small layer covering the entire bowl. The ice cream you scooped out would be, technically, in the pelagic zone. Why is it necessary to label …

Pelagic fish migration patterns

Pelagic fish migration patterns

An elderly capelin boat with a full hold Photo: Hreiar Valtysson Average catch of plagics from 2002 to 2011 by month and species The highest catches in Icelandic waters are from the few pelagic species. These fisheries are also characterized by great fluctuations, as the stock size and migration routes of these species are highly variable. The herring is probably the most important species historically. Three stocks occurred around Iceland: the Icelandic spring spawning, Icelandic …

Pelagic Fishes of Hawaii poster

Pelagic Fishes of Hawaii poster

Tuna fisheries in the Pacific Ocean as a whole catch about 2.7 million mt of fish, with US fisheries catching about 5 percent of the total. Most of the catch is taken by fleets of high seas longliners and purse seiners from countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the nations of Central and South America. More recently, Pacific Island countries such as Papua New Guinea have grown in importance in terms of their large scale purse-seine and longline fisheries. Small scale artisanal …