Tropical amberjacks caught off Newquay


A fisherman has caught two rare non-native tropical fish in his nets while fishing off Newquay in Cornwall, England.

According to the Newquay Voice, fisherman Phil Trebilock caught a pair of olive-green fish in his net along with some other sub-tropical trigger fishes which are becoming more common around the UK.

The fish are believed to be Lesser amberjacks, Seriola fasciata, a member of the family Carangidae.

The species is usually found swimming in the waters of the Atlantic around the USA and Caribbean, however, a single specimen was caught off The Lizard in Cornwall last month.

The two fish have been taken to a Plymouth aquarium to be identified and are believed to have gone off-course by travelling along with Gulf Stream waters which flow from the Caribbean towards Cornwall and Ireland.

Matt Slater of the Blue Reef Aquarium told the Newquay Voice: "The fish are tricky to identify. They will need to be looked at again before they can be properly identified as Lesser amberjacks. But it is definitely some kind of amberjack which came over on the Gulf Stream from as far away as the Caribbean."

Lesser amberjacks can reach over 60cm/24" in tropical waters off the Caribbean and are sometimes seen in the Med, generally at sizes below 30cm/12".

They can be easily confused with other carangids. Juveniles are usually yellow with seven or eight dark bars. However, these fade to a sort of pinky-mauve as the fish get over 20cm/10" in length.