Atlantic Bonito

Fact File:

Common Name(s):Atlantic Bonito

Scientific Name:Sarda sarda (Bloch, 1793)

Usual Size:To 91cm although common to 50cm

UK Record Weights from rod/line:

Shore:2lb 10oz 5dr

Boat:8lb 13oz 4dr

MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:

Typical tunny shape, numerous, up to 10 stripes on the back. No belly markings.
Colour: dorsal stripes oblique with a large angle.

Egg dispersal - in the eastern Atlantic this occurs between December and June and the peak is reached between Jan

An offshore tuna, although known to come closer inshore than other tuna species, and can therefore adapt easily to gradual water temperature changes. Has a sea temperature requirement of between 15/220C

Shrimp, small fish, squid and also known to be cannibalistic within its own schools.

For the Eastern Atlantic from the British Isles down to Cape of Good Hope.

Additional Notes:
Known to visit UK waters each summer

REFERENCES: FAO Species Catalogue 2 - Scombrids of The World - Collette/Nauen

Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean - Whitehead, Bauchot, Hureau, Nielsen, Tortonese

Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe - Wheeler

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