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Free Content Reef and Rock Outcropping Fishes of the Outer Continental Shelf of North Carolina and South Carolina, and Ecological Notes on the Red Porgy and Vermilion Snapper

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Exploratory fishing for reeffishes from 1972 to 1977 yielded 113 species representing 43 families of predominatly tropical and subtropical fishes, adding substantially to the resident reef ichthyofauna known from North Carolina and South Carolina waters. Distinct faunal assemblages were associated with each of two reef habitats located (1) on the open shelf in 27–64 m and (2) at the shelf edge in 64–183 m. Based on catch-per-unit-effort data, red porgy were about equally abundant at both habitats, but vermilion snapper were more abundant at the shelf edge. Vermilion snapper were most common in fall and scarcest in summer samples, while red porgy were most abundant in summer and least abundant in fall samples. Both species were most abundant off southern North Carolina and South Carolina. The data indicated that red porgy were most actively feeding during the morning and late afternoon, compared with late afternoon and evening for vermilion snapper. Tagging of 2,262 red porgy and 458 vermilion snapper revealed that both species are highly residential.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1982

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