Thursday, July 24, 2014

Assignment 1:Part 1

Assignment 1
Part 1-Recreational fishing
Time: 2014/07/18 09:45-11:30
Tide: Low (tide chart as below)

 Location: Boston Harbor between Deer Island and Long Island

Species observed:
1.Sea Worm

The sea worm uses as bait is about 21 cm in length and 1 cm in width. Sea worm's scientific name is "Alitta Succinea. The worm's color is reddish,  has many segmented body with a pair of arms on each side of segments.  Its can be found around seagrasses, around dock pilings, oyster reefs and other rocky bottoms.
2.Silver Hake: 
The Silver Hake we fished is 8 in in length. The Silver Hake's scientific name is Merluccius bilinearis. Its color is silvery, a little bit brownish on the back and whitish on the belly, with black speckls on the back. It has lon pectoral fins.  Their distribution is Northwest Atlantic: coast of Canada and USA from Bell Isle Channel to the Bahamas; most common from southern Newfoundland to South Carolina.
3.Striped bass
The striped bass is 38 inches in length. Its scientific name isMorone Saxatilis.  The striped bass has stout body, with 8 continuous horizontal stripes on each side of the body from gills to tail.  Its color is black with white iridescent underside. Striped bass live along the East Coast from the St. Lawrence River in Canada to St. John’s River in Florida, and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Louisiana. Striped bass have a fairly long life, up to at least 30 years, That's why the striped bass we fished is so huge!
The flounders is about 12 and 16 inches in length respectively.  Their scientific name i  s Paralichthys dentatus. The flounder has flatten fins wraped around its oval-shaped body.  Its eyes are positioned on the right side of its head. Its color is white below and some shade of brown, drab above.Flounders are nicknamed “chameleons of the sea” because they’re able to change their coloring to blend in with the texture and color of the bottom where they live. 
5.Black Sea Bass
The Black Sea Bass is 15 inches in length. Its scientific name is  Centropristis striata.     Its color is black. The belly is slightly paler than the sides. The fins are dark with dusky spots, and the dorsal fin is marked with a series of white spots and bands.  Black sea bass are found along the U.S. East Coast from Cape Cod to the Gulf of Mexico. They prefer structured habitats such as reefs, wrecks, or oyster beds in temperate and subtropical waters.

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