Hi again! its Emmaline. Today I want to write on something different that caught my attention. I’m now doing my internship with Wiseoceans an organisation which specialises in marine education and conservation and they are based at the Four Seasons Resort, Petite Anse. Anyways I’ll give you some more info on this organisation in my next blog.
In this blog I will be writing about the billfish family, which is made up of sailfish, marlin fish and the swordfish but I’ll be focusing more on the marlin and sailfish because it’s more common here in Seychelles. I got this idea to write on them during work when Hannah(a marine educator) and I were talking about how sport fishing are getting popular in Seychelles and that she often sees billfish caught during boat trips and landed on the beach at the resort. So guest sometimes voice their concerns and it made me feel interested to learn about these fish and their way of living and if there sustainable enough to fish.
Did you know?
That sailfish is the fastest fish in the ocean! In general the billfish family are the fastest group of fish.
The sail fish got their name from their spectacular dorsal fin. They are found far from land, feeding on schools of smaller fish like sardines. They weigh over 54.4 - 100kg which makes them good for game fishing.
They are heavy and big! They weigh up to 900kg! They migrate a lot and are also found far at sea. They normally feed on tuna and mackerel and sometimes dive into deep sea to eat squids. They are common in Japan and used as raw sashimi for eating.
People fish for them because they are big, fast and impressive fish, so people feel like they are trophies or credits. People do eat them but a better alternative to the game fishing is to tag and release them because they take longer to reproduce. So if they keep on catching them the amount will decrease.
Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you like it, and can share with your family and friends. I glad I did this research because I’ve learned of things on these 2 fish.
Till my next blog, bye...