Gulf menhaden

The Gulf menhaden occurs throughout the Gulf of Mexico, but its distribution is heterogeneous.

The Gulf menhaden lives in the pelagic-neritic, marine, depth range 0 - 50 m environment.

Gulf Menhaden (Brevoortia patronus), captured in Galveston Bay, TX Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Clupeiformes More

years to monitor the Gulf menhaden stocks and is confident in the assessments provided here. If you have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to contact us here at the Commission office. More

Gulf menhaden are found in estuarine and coastal waters from the Yucatan Peninsula to Tampa Bay, Florida. As with their Atlantic cousin, Gulf menhaden serve as prey for many fish, sea birds and marine mammals. More

Gulf menhaden and Atlantic menhaden are characterized by a series of smaller spots behind the main, Humeral spot and larger scales than Yellowfin menhaden and Finescale menhaden. In addition, Yellowfin menhaden tail rays are a bright yellow in contrast to those of the Atlantic menhaden, which are grayish. More

CHARACTERISTICS: The Gulf menhaden’s scales overlap so much that their exposed margins are much taller than they are wide. Most individuals have a prominent black shoulder spot and several small spots beneath the dorsal fin. More

Approximately 60% of the gulf menhaden catch is harvested within three miles off the Gulf shoreline, from Alabama to eastern Texas. closeup of menhaden catch Menhaden are processed into fish meal, fish oil and fish solubles. More

All Gulf menhaden begin their lives between December and February in offshore waters. An average of 23,000 eggs is produced by each female. The eggs drift with water currents until they hatch, usually within 48 hours. More

The gulf menhaden population is NOT overfished. The total population for gulf menhaden at the beginning of 2004 (prior to the 2005 hurricanes) was estimated to be around 36. More

The gulf menhaden is easily confused with the scaled sardine, from which it differs in having a higher anal ray count (25-26 versus 16-18) and in having rows of enlarged scales in front of the dorsal fin (Ross 2001). More

The status of the Gulf menhaden, Brevoortia patronus, fishery was assessed with purse-seine landings data from 1946 to 1997 and port sampling data from 1964 to 1997. More

activities for Gulf menhaden in Mississippi Sound began in the spring as water temperatures reached 23 degrees C (73 degrees F) and slowed in the fall at approximatley this same temperature. More

Common names

Bunker in English
Golf-Menhaden in German (Deutsch)
Gulf menhaden in English
Gulf-menhaden in Danish (dansk)
Gulfmenhaden in Swedish (Svenska)
Lacha escamada in Spanish (español)
Lacha escamuda in Spanish (español)
Large scale menhaden in English
Large-scale menhaden in English
largescale menhaden in English
Menhadem-escamudo in Portuguese (Português)
Menhaden in Danish (dansk)
Menhaden in Dutch (Nederlands)
Menhaden in English
Menhaden in Spanish (español)
Menhaden écailleux in French (français)
Menhaden escamudo in Portuguese (Português)
Menhaden messicana in Italian (Italiano)
Menhaden mexický in Czech (česky)
Menhaden wielkoluski in Polish (polski)
Menhaden wielkołuski in Polish (polski)
Moss bunker in English
mossbunker in English
Placka menhaden in Czech (česky)
Pogy in English
sardina lacha in Spanish (español)
Shad in English
мэнхеден большечешуйный in Russian (русский язык)
大鱗油鯡 in Mandarin Chinese
大鳞油鲱 in Mandarin Chinese

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Order : Clupeiformes
Family : Clupeidae
Genus : Brevoortia
Species : Brevoortia patronus
Authority : Goode, 1878