mai 30 2011
Last summer we got a new visitor in Norwegian waters. It all started when a bonito (Sarda Sarda) was caught in a net in the southern part of Norway. Then reports about Atlantic bonito came from the eastern part and the western part of the coast.
Small schools of bonito were also caught in purse seine by fishermen fishing for mackerel. The pattern of the catches indicates that the bonito hit the coast in southwest and then split. Some migrated northwards along the western coast while others migrated eastwards.
During fall Danish and Swedish anglers got the «bonito-fever» as fish passed Skagerrak and migrated into Kattegat. Such a massive migration to The North Sea and Swedish and Danish waters has never happened before, and this event was also exciting to the marine biologists.
Even this winter a couple of atlantic bonito were caught in the western part of Norway. Norwegian marine biologists have collected several species in order to take biological samples. Anglers, fishermen and biologists have some hopes for the next summer. Was this just a rare occation or will the atlantic bonito find their way back to Norway?
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