On July 24, 1996 Rui Silva <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >A strange,
long, compressed fish which in Portugal is called >"peixe-espada"
("sword-fsih") and which is delicious.
I believe the fish Mr. Silva was describing is Aphanopus carbo, whose common
name is the black scabbardfish accoring to FAO.
A regional expert on this species is Dr. Alberto Machado Leite at the
Instituto Nacional de Investigacao das Pescas, Lisbon, Portugal. Mr. Silva
is correct in describing this fishery as "historical" since it began in 1839
and has continued as a popular fishery in the Madeira Island waters to the
present. The species is distributed from the Faroes Islands in the north to
the Azores (and possible farther south) on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at depths
of 100 to 2000 m. Most fishing is by longline at depths of 700 to 1,300 m.
Regards, Jeff June