Study of Sand Seatrout of the Galveston Bay Area




Benefield, R.L.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Sand seatrout (Cynoscion arenarius Ginsberg) were studied in the Galveston Bay area to provide information on seasonality, population composition, food items, growth, and spawning. Tagging efforts resulted in 518 tagged fish and a return of 16 tags during the 1968-70 period. Tag recovery data suggest a migration from the upper bay to the lower bay and Gulf waters in December and return in March. Electrophoretic analysis of multiple hemaglobin protein types were studied from 96 sand seatrout blood samples. Five protein types were observed without discernable differences that could be attributed to population hetrogeneity. Analysis of stomach content revealed crustacea and fish as primary food items. Gonad development stages indicate a spawning period from March through August.


pages 217-226; available for download at the link below.


marine fish, sand seatrout, Cynoscion arenarius, growth, seasonality, community composition, food preferences, spawning, tagging, stomach content, migrations, electrophoresis