Atlantic sailfish

Order: 
Perciformes
Family: 
Istiophoridae

Metallic blue marine bony fish with a large sail-like dorsal fin and a long and pointed bill-like snout. It is dark bluish-black on the upperparts and lighter on the sides, with about twenty bluish longitudinal bars along the flanks; the underparts are silvery white. The caudal fin is strongly forked. The fins are bluish-black and the front dorsal fin is speckled with small black spots. The bases of the anal fins are pale. The length of this fish is up to 3.15 m and the maximum weight is 58.1 kg.

International Designations

Germany: 
Atlantischer Fächerfisch
France: 
Voilier de l’Atlantique
Italy: 
Pesce vela atlantico
Portugal: 
Veleiro do Atlântico
UK: 
Atlantic sailfish
Japan: 
Nishibashookajiki
Fishing gears: 
Hooks
Gillnets
FAO code: 
SAI
Scientific name: 
Istiophorus albicans
Type: 
Blue fish
Fishing areas: 
Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
2501
Fishing seasons: 
ENE
FEB
MAR
ABR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AGO
SEP
OCT
NOV
DIC