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Bluefish

bluefish

About Bluefish :
Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix), belongs to the family of Pomatomidae. The bluefish is the only member of the Pomatomidae family which is alive. This fish is commonly known as tailor in Australia and shad in South Africa. The bluefish has a moderate proportion on its body and has a forked and broad tail. It has white color on its belly and lower side with a grayish blue-green coloration on its dorsal fins. It has very sharp and knife-edged teeth. This bluefish grows up to 4.3 feet and weighs up to 18 kg.

Blue Fish Fast Facts :
Let's go through the interesting facts about the blue fish. The blue fish fast facts are the following:

Bluefish Habitat and Distribution :
The bluefish is found generally in tropical waters. It is found in the countries like Brazil, Argentina, the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas, northern Cuba, etc. They are found in abundant quantity along the coast of Florida. In the winter, it is commonly found in the lagoons of Indian River.

Bluefish Reproduction :
The bluefish matures when it reaches up to a size of approximately (35 to 45) cm in length. The spawning takes place in summer from May to September. Their eggs are spherical in shape and measure around (0.9 to 1.2) mm in diameter. These eggs hatch after (46 to 48) hours and the larvae measures around (2.0 to 2.4) mm in diameter. These larvae feed on plankton, which is found on the surface.

Bluefish Physical tolerance :
Temperature is the factor that influences this fish up to a great extent. They need a proper temperature for spawning and surviving. In the mid-Atlantic they spawn at a temperature of about (17 to 24) degree Celsius, while in south Atlantic they spawn at a temperature of about (24 to26) degree Celsius. The small fish of about 250 mm require temperature of at least 10 degree Celsius to survive and the bigger fish can survive in a temperature of even 7.5 degree Celsius. One of the most interesting characteristic this fish has is its ability to secrete gases into its swim bladder. The rate of secretion of gases in its swim bladder is fastest compared to any other fish in the world. This characteristic of this bluefish helps them to change depths quickly.

Bluefish Abundance :
The bluefish is available in plenty in winter along the coast of Florida. The juveniles like to remain in shallow coastal waters and later they migrate to Florida waters in winter.

Bluefish Predators :
The predators of the bluefish are the big fishes and whales are like narwhal, baleen whale, blue whales, tunas, Wahoo, swordfish and sharks like zebra shark, hammerhead shark.

Bluefish Competitors :
The competitors of the bluefish are bonito, little tunny, weakfish, striped bass, Spanish mackerel and king mackerel.

Bluefish Recipes :
The recipes of the bluefish are very good in taste and have a nice distinct flavor if it is cooked properly. The names of these recipes are Baked Bluefish Recipe, Bluefish with Curry and Grapefruit Recipe, Bluefish with Smoked Salmon Recipe, Bluefish with Cucumbers, Broiled Bluefish Recipe, etc.

Bluefish for Sale :
The recreational fishing of the bluefish accounts for higher percentage compared to the commercial fishing. A survey done in 2000 shows that, the recreational landings of the bluefish is six times larger than commercial landings.