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Subject: Re: gray triggerfish
From: fishinfo <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 31 Jul 1996 11:02:36 -0700

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Balistes capriscus up to one kilogram arrived in the local Guernsey fish
markets last week (July 22). Guernsey fish mongers are quite familiar
with gray triggerfish.  They can be caught close to shore.  Last year,
when we experienced a very warm September, gray triggerfish were being
caught from the Guernsey shore until late October. The surface water
temperature around Guernsey is now 17.2 degrees C.  Guernsey is about 49
degrees North and 3 degrees West.
Richard Lord
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Guernsey, Great Britain
Fax: +44 1481 700699
Mario LEPAGE wrote:
> Hi all
>         Here in France we also observe a non usual quantity of Balistes
> carolinenesis in the Bassin of Arcachon in the south western part of France.
> They were met  specially in shallow water and a large quantity were dying at
> the beach. We don't know either the reason why there was so much Balistes
> there nor why they were dying.  Lot of fish have also been catch by angler
> has it is not at all usual here. I can not bring any explanation linked with
> water temperature or unusual presence of food.
> If anybody could guess an answer I'd be haapy to hear it.
> Mario
> >     Anomalous numbers of gray triggerfish were observed during July and
> >August 1995 from Barnegat to Ocean City, NJ.  External signs of breeding
> >were not reported, however.  This species was rarely caught by recreational
> >anglers in southern NJ as far back as I can remember, the early 1960s.  Last
> >years catches were truly anomalous as anglers commonly brought their
> >triggerfish catches home as a replacement for less abundant traditional
> species.
> >
> >Andy Applegate
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> >
> >
> >[log in to unmask] wrote:
> >
> >>Throughout the summer, aggregations of Balistes capriscus can be
> >>observed to occur in Shinnecock Bay, Long Island, New York. I
> >>estimate some individuals to be about 30 cm in length.
> >>Will these strays from the south return to the south in the fall?
> >>The species has a very broad range and can be found (during the
> >>summer) farther north than Long Island.  Where within that range can
> >>one find breeding populations? I assume this species does not breed
> >>in Long Island waters. Where is the closest breeding and resident
> >>population of Balistes capriscus?
> >>
> >>
> >Andrew Applegate
> >email: [log in to unmask]
> >FAX: 617/565-8937
> >Voice: 617/231-0422
> >
> >The opinions expressed above are mine, and mine alone.  They do not
> >represent Council policy, nor do they represent the general opinion of the
> >Council.
> >
> >
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