Dolphinfish, Mahi-Mahi

(Coryphaena hippurus)

 

 

Maturity at: 50 cm in length

Max Published Size: 210 cm and 96 pounds

TnT Record: 70 pounds (unofficial)

TnT Season: Year round with peaks from Nov to May

IUCN status: Least concern

 

 

General Information: Found mainly offshore and also near the coast, normally in schools.   They feed on fish, crustaceans and squid. Dolphinfishes are some of the fastest-growing species in the ocean, so they serve as food source for many pelagic predators.  They reach sexual maturity in 4-5 months, spawn in the open sea and probably approximate to the coast when water temperature rises. Eggs and larvae are pelagic. Attracting devices such as floating bundles of bamboo are used to concentrate dolphinfish. Marketed frozen and fresh.  Highly esteemed in Trinidad and Tobago.

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