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Free Content Preliminary Analysis of the Distribution of White Marlin, Makaira Albida (Poey), in the Gulf of Mexico

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Records of white marlin, Makaira albida (Poey), from long-line stations of the Fish and Wildlife Service M/V OREGON indicate a concentration of this species in the Mississippi delta region in midsummer, followed by a gradual dispersal to other parts of the Gulf of Mexico. In April and May the marlin again move northward. The northward distribution and migration appears limited by the 75° surface isotherm. There is no evidence of correlation of either presence or abundance with depth of water. Some distributional similarities between white marlin and yellowfin tuna are noted, and a few pertinent literature references mentioned. The need for further study is emphasized.

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Publication date: January 1, 1957

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