Functional studies on goosefish
(Lophius americanus) hemoglobin.
Recruitment in Georges Bank cod and southern New England yellowtail flounder has been very poor since the closures, and the closures do not appear to have substantially affected recruitment of goosefish. Recruitment of Georges Bank sea scallops was slightly higher after the closures than before (Hart et al., 2013).
The one exception was goosefish, which did not have a directed fishery until the mid-1980's, and whose fishing mortality appears to have been fairly low prior to the closures (NEFSC, 2010).
In recent years goosefish
, Lophius americanus, has become an important commercial species throughout the mid Atlantic and New England region.
Codling, hake and blackfin goosefish became main components of slope trawling landings, which have oscillated annually between 5,000, 2,000 and 3,000 ton respectively (MPA, 2012).
Therefore, a fishing trip selection criterion was adopted based on reported catches of at least one of three species: blackfin goosefish (Lophius gastrophyus), hake (Merluccius hubbsi) and codling (Urophycis mystacea).
Active research also includes population genetic studies using RAPD-PCR DNA fingerprinting techniques to assess the standing stocks and population structure of bay scallops (Argopecten irradians), sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus), Atlantic goosefish
(Lophius americanus) and yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea) in the Northeast Fisheries Region.
For many of the species, including menhaden, weakfish, goosefish
, bluefish, winter flounder, northern puffer and tautog, the size collected approximated the size at hatching, possibly indicating that this may be a spawning/hatchin g area for these species.
Our ROV study sites overlapped with some of the areas of fish groupings that were based on decades of bottom trawl surveys (Colvocoresses and Musick, 1984; Mahon et al., 1998); however, the majority of species common to this study and these 2 trawl-based studies were species that are reported to be most common on sandy bottoms (e.g., goosefish [Lophius americanus], spotted hake [Urophycis regia], fourspot flounder, summer flounder).
0.083 0.085 Lophiidae Lophius americanas, goosefish 0.085 Trachichthyidae Gephyroberyx darwinii, big roughy 0.600 Macroramphosidae Macroramphosus scolopax, longspined snipefish 0.557 0.254 Scorpaenidae Scorpaena sp., scorpionfish 1.249 6.107 Triglidae Prionotus sp., searobin 0.004 0.085 Polyprionidae Polyprion americanus, wreckfish 0.004 Serranidae Anthias nicholsi, yellowfin bass 10.667 1.442 Anthias sp.
Lophius americanus Cuvier & Valenciennes 1837 (1), the goosefish, anglerfish, or monkfish, is common in coastal waters of the northeastern United States.
Goosefish is the fourth largest commercial species in the U.S.
Most of these species inhabit the northwestern Atlantic, as do Goosefish
(Lophius americanus) and Blackfin Goosefish
Abstract--This study was designed to improve our understanding of transitions in the early life history and the distribution, habitat use, and diets for young-of-the-year (YOY) goosefish
(Lophius americanus) and, as a result, their role in northeastern U.S.
The diets of four major squid predators, bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix), goosefish
(Lophius americanus), silver hake (Merluccius bilinearis), and summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus), were examined for seasonal and size-based changes in feeding habits.