Other Species and Pelagics

Other Species

Northern Bluefin Tuna

(Thunnus thynnus) – These monsters can exceed 1000 lbs in weight and are highly sought after as food.   Medium-sized and large individuals are heavily targeted for the Japanese raw fish market, where all bluefin species are highly prized for sushi and sashimi. North Lake, PEI is known as the “Tuna Capital of the World” and have become a great commercial fishery for both sport and the world market.

Atlantic Snow Crab

(Chionecetes opilio) – also known as “Snow Crab”, is native to the northwest Atlantic Ocean and north Pacific.  Snow crab is the most commonly  trapped crab in Canada and Newfoundland and found abundant in the Gulf of St.Lawrence and the Western Atlantic around Newfoundland and Greenland.  A must try for seafood lovers and those alike!

Atlantic Halibut

(Hippoglossus hippoglossus) – The Atlantic Halibut is among the largest of the bony flatfish in the world reaching sizes up to 15 feet and weights up to 700 lbs.  These fish are found in depths between 160 and 6500 feet living near sand, gravel or clay bottoms living up to 50 years in age.

North Western Atlantic Rock Crab

(Cancer irroratus) known as “Rock Crab” is found in our Atlantic waters at depths up to 2600 feet and can reach in carapace size up to 5 inches. Rock Crab, once considered a nuisance for the Lobster Industry has now become a popular culinary item.

Pelagic Species

Atlantic Herring

(Clupea harengus) – North Altantic Herring is one of the most abundant fish species in the world found on both sides of the Atlantic ocean in massive schools.  They can grow up to 18 inches in length and can weigh up to 2.5 lbs.  North Atlantic herring schools have been measured up to 4 cubic kilometres (0.96 cu mi) in size, containing an estimated 4 billion fish.

Atlantic Mackerel

(Scomber scombrus) –  Atlantic mackerel are sought after for food either cooked or as sashimi and consist mostly of red meat with a strong taste desirable to some consumers. The fish is extremely high in vitamin B12 as well as omega 3. The Atlantic mackerel is by far the most common of the 10 species of the family caught.

Atlantic Silverside - (Menidia menidia)

Atlantic Silverside

(Menidia menidia) – is about 15 cm (5.9 in) long, mostly silver and white. The Atlantic silverside’s habitat is generally near the water’s edge. They are mostly found swimming in in the mouths of rivers and streams that connect to the ocean. These small schooling fish are quick swimmers and their coloration of silver and a little white makes it confusing to predators to determine the direction the fish are heading.

Atlantic Sandlance

Atlantic Sandlance

(Ammodytes hexapterus) – The family name (and genus name, Ammodytes) means “sand burrower”, which describes the sand lance’s habit of burrowing into sand to avoid tidal currents. Sand lances are most commonly encountered by fishermen in the North Pacific and North Atlantic, but are found in oceans throughout the world. These fish do not have pelvic fins and do not develop swim bladders, staying true to their bottom-dwelling habit as adults.