Tag Archive for 'fish'

First record of silver dory, Zenopsis conchifer, in Guernsey waters

June 1st, 2012 by Richard Lord

Pierro Le Cheminant fishing on his trawler, Amy Blue, at the northern end of the Big Russel to the north of Sark, Bailiwick of Guernsey lowered his trawl in about 30 metres of water on the afternoon of 30 May 2012.  His net accidentally caught the edge of a reef. He retrieved his net which […]

Fish responding to climate change

May 8th, 2012 by Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership

The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) launched its latest Report Card at the World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh. It focuses on how climate change is affecting the fish and shellfish we find in our seas, providing both opportunities and threats, and what the social and economic consequences could be. Key findings in the 2012 […]

Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, have their own shipwreck home and leave the wreck to forage for food

July 9th, 2011 by Technical University of Denmark

Adult Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, choose ‘their own’ local shipwreck, which they swim back to faithfully day after day. This is just one of the results from research using acoustic tags which has yielded new insights into what Atlantic cod get up to below the surface of the sea. When PhD student Junita D. Karlsen […]

Jersey fisherman lands spotted bass, Dicentrarchus punctatus, on 8 June 2011

June 22nd, 2011 by Richard Lord

Andrew Syvret reports that a spotted bass, Dicentrarchus punctatus, was captured by Lee Allen off the west coast of Jersey, Channel Islands on 8 June 2011.  This is the second one he has seen.  The fish was caught with a live sand eel.  It appears to be a new British angling record so it has […]

European moray eel turns up in St Peter Port harbour

June 17th, 2011 by Richard Lord

Paul Benstead from the St Peter Port Harbour Master’s office called at 1830 on Friday 17 June 2011 to tell me he had fished out a strange-looking fish from the water by the Condor ferry ramp in St Peter Port harbour.  He had placed it on a metal grill under the ramp.

Catch and release of uncommon Guernsey grey gurnard

May 19th, 2011 by Richard Lord

Richard Seager with his party of recreational fishermen on Out the Blue landed a grey gurnard, Eutrigla gurnardus, on the afternoon of 19 May 2011. This species is uncommon in Guernsey waters but abundant elsewhere in northern European waters. An ICES report states that grey gurnard “is by far the most common gurnard in the […]

Potential Channel Island record sized megrim caught on 15 April 2011

April 17th, 2011 by Richard Lord

Mick Le Sauvage, drifting off the western edge of Godine bank to the south of Sark on 15 April 2011, landed the largest recorded recreationally-caught megrim, Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis, in Channel Island waters. His megrim was caught at 1 pm at 49° 22.35 north and 2° 25.2 west using a smooth or red sandeel, Gymnammodytes semisquamatus, […]

Guernsey fisherman captures unusual ray north of the island

March 8th, 2011 by Richard Lord

While trawling four miles north of Guernsey at 3 pm on 7 March 2011 Pierro Le Cheminant on the Guernsey trawler Amy Blue landed a very pale ray that may be an albino blonde ray, Raja brachyura. Having never seen such a pale ray before Mr. Le Cheminant decided to resuscitate the fish.  Had he […]

Lumpsuckers turning up on the Guernsey shore

February 4th, 2011 by Richard Lord

On the morning of 3 February 2011, Alan Brehaut found a lumpsucker, Cyclopterus lumpus, on the shore at Rocque Poisson, L’Eree Bay, St Pierre du Bois on Guernsey’s west coast.  He found the dead fish 60 feet down from the high water mark.  The fish had a total length of 26 cm and a total […]

Atlantic bonito, Sarda sarda, a member of the tuna family caught near Hanois Lighthouse, Guernsey on 21 November 2010

November 29th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Guernsey commercial fisherman Peter Merrien landed a fish he had never seen before while fishing for bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, near Hanois Lighthouse off Guernsey’s south-west coast on 21 November 2010. He caught a bonito, Sarda sarda, which is a member of the tuna family, scombridae.  The fish was given to the author on 29 November […]