Survey of Fish Present in Aransas and Copano Bays - Fisheries Investigations in the Aransas-Copano Bay Systems


The most abundant fish caught in otter trawls was the croaker with a unit of effort catch of 19.7 fish. Next was the pinfish with 8.78. An abundant fish, the anchovy, had a unit of effort catch of 7.47, but due to the selectivity of the trawl this figure is invalid. A total of 88 species of fish was taken during the survey period. Few changes were noted in species composition in this survey and one reported by Gunter (1945). Some seasonal differences were noted and there was some variation caused by the use of different sampling techniques and stations.


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Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, fish survey, species composition