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Atlantic Salmon At Large

Atlantic Salmon At Large

Recently Atlantic salmon seems to be a very hot topic amongst local anglers, especially those in the south of the state in the D'Entrecasteaux area. Northern anglers should take a close look at the Tamar as there are opportunities here as well.  
The recent "great escape" has provided a perfect opportunity for fresh and saltwater anglers alike to experience some truly memorable sport. Tasmania's pristine, clean and cool waters are the perfect nursery for the Atlantic Salmon and as our local fish farms produce more and more fresh quality seafood it is a fact that there are going to be tangible consequences.

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Awesome find in the Derwent estuary.

Kevin Blackwell recently discovered this oarfish washed ashore under the Tasman Bridge. It weighed 20 kilos and measured 2.2 metres in length. Kevin donated it to CSIRO in Hobart. Below are the details from John Pogonoski to Kevin.

 

Hi Kevin
We thawed the oarfish yesterday, took photos and confirmed the identification (scientific name Regalecus glesne).

The below link has a map of the records from Australian waters (where a specimen exists in a fish collection – 37 records + this one). It  was only the 4th specimen in the CSIRO collection, so it will be retained in the collection. There are some differences in fin ray counts between your specimen and what I have found documented in fish books, but can’t take the identification any further until more information is published or until we get genetic results (which will take a few months).

 

http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?taxa=regalecus#mapView

 

The links below also have more information

 

http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Regalecus-glesne.html

 

http://australianmuseum.net.au/Oarfish-Regalecus-glesne

 

 

Anyway, we really appreciate you donating the specimen to the CSIRO collection.

 

Cheers

 

John Pogonoski

Fish Taxonomy

CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research

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