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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.

Characteristics
FAO code
SAI
Specie
Istiophorus albicans
Type
Blue fish
FAO 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
Fishing seasons
jan feb apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Atlantischer Fächerfisch
France Voilier de l’Atlantique
Italy Pesce vela atlantico
Portugal Veleiro do Atlântico
United Kingdom Atlantic sailfish
Japan Nishibashookajiki
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Hooks
Gillnets

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