RE: NANFA-L--OT: Six Coelacanths In One Night of Fishing.

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Fri, 30 Jun 2006 16:45:33 -0500

Most of us are familiar with the story of the coelacanth, but this recent
development is newsworthy. Commercial trawlers off the coast of Tanzania are
turning up coelacanths in record numbers: 29 during the past 3 years, 19
during the past 6 months, and 6 in a single night! Prior to this - none had
been caught there (waters of the Comores Islands closer to Madagascar are
where most specimens have been caught). For perspective, during the period
1938-1972, only 68 specimens were known to have been collected. Reductions
in shallow water fisheries are forcing commercial tralwers to work deeper
waters and this may be impacting the population.

Read about it here:

- Jan Hoover
Vicksburg, MS
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