First recorded capture of white bream, Diplodus sargus, in Guernsey waters

July 19th, 2009 by Richard Lord

On 27 June 2009 recreational angler Andy Marquis saw small silvery fish with a black band on their caudal peduncle off Salerie Corner, south side of Belle Greve Bay, east coast of Guernsey.

On Sunday 19 July 2009 Andy Marquis caught the first positively identified white sea bream, Diplodus sargus, from the same location.  The white bream was 14.8 cm in total length and weighed 68 grams.

The white bream, Diplodus sargus, caught by Andy Marquis by the entrance to the QE II marina, which was returned to the sea (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

White bream, Diplodus sargus, have been confirmed in Jersey waters for a while.

Dave Foxen produced a video of what appears to be white sea bream swimming in Grand Havre bay on Guernsey’s north-west coast on 21 October 2007.

Other recreational anglers have caught small fish in Guernsey waters resembling white bream but they have not been positively identified.

Andy Marquis’ white sea bream at 2 oz and 5 drams is now a Guernsey angling record for this species. The Jersey record currently stands at 1 lb. 10 oz.  The small size of the Guernsey white bream may indicate that they are breeding in Channel Islands waters.

This is the second species of bream (family sparidae) this year to have been identified and added to the list of fishes caught in Guernsey waters.   The first was the two-banded bream, Diplodus vulgaris, caught by Guernsey commercial fisherman Steve Fallaize on 29 January 2009.

Andy Marquis released the white bream back to the sea after it had been officially recorded and weighed.

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