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2011-12-06 23:00:18

New discoveries in “marine forensics” by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will allow federal seafood agents to genetically test blue marlin to quickly and accurately determine their ocean of origin. The test is needed to ensure that the blue marlin sold in U.S. seafood markets were not taken from the Atlantic Ocean. The import and sale of blue marlin from the Pacific or Indian oceans is legal in the U.S., while the marketing of Atlantic blues can bring...

2009-12-10 11:38:04

New findings cast uncertainty on previous population size assessments for the severely overfished white marlin and call for reassessment of international recovery efforts The prized white marlin, sought by anglers in million dollar prize tournaments and captured incidentally in commercial fisheries, is among the most overfished marine species under international management and the subject of contentious debate on how to best achieve its recovery. Now a new study published today in the journal...

2009-02-12 09:14:00

DUCK KEY, Fla., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The sport of sailfishing will be at its best in the Florida Keys when Hawks Cay (http://www.hawkscay.com) hosts The Sailfish Open (http://www.sailfishopen.com), March 5 - 8, 2009. The weekend-long Florida Keys fishing tournament, part of the Sailfish Pro Series will bring together 18 teams of professional anglers as well as amateur enthusiasts for competitive catch-and-release fishing in the waters around the resort's home on Duck Key. The Sailfish Open...

2008-07-13 09:00:19

By LEE TOLLIVER By Lee Tolliver The Virginian-Pilot Bryan Whitehorne's first offshore fishing adventure provided a lot of experiences. Whitehorne, 18, of Virginia Beach , caught his first billfish on a recent trip out of Oregon Inlet. "It was awesome," the Tidewater Community College sophomore said of catching a white marlin. "A once-in-a-lifetime experience." But it wasn't all sunshine and happiness. Whitehorne's second time in the fighting chair provided a harsh lesson about...


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2005-06-02 12:09:48

The Marlin (also known as the spearfish) is a large game fish with an elongated body, a spearlike snout, and a long rigid dorsal fin, which extends forwards to form a crest. Measuring up to 2.5 m long, marlins are fast swimmers. They occur in all seas and hunt small fish. The larger species include the blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) which grows to 14.6 feet (4.6 m) long and around 992 pounds (450 kg). They are popular sporting fishes in certain tropical areas and are also commercially...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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