This article is a list of interesting facts about wahoo.
- Wahoo are related to mackerels and are members of the fish
- Wahoo live in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. During
the summer, they may migrate into temperate waters.
- According to the International Game Fish Association, the
official record (http://www.igfa.org) for the largest
wahoo caught on hook and line is 158.5 lb (71.9 kg). However,
uncertified reports indicate wahoo may grow as large as 200 lb (91
kg) or more.
- Wahoo tend to be solitary, but they are occasionally found in
small, loose schools.
- Wahoo is a prized game fish due to its speed, fighting
qualities, and excellent flavor.
- Wahoo are among the fastest pelagic species (reaching speeds up
to 60 mph) and are capable of capturing a wide range of prey,
including various fishes and squid.
- Wahoo are thought to be relatively fast growing. In one study,
a wahoo that was tagged, released, and recovered ten months later
had grown around 22 pounds in less than a year-from 11 lb (5 kg) to
33 lb (15 kg).
- The giant stomach worm (Hirudinella ventricosa) is
commonly found in wahoo stomachs, but the worm does not affect the
portion of the fish eaten by humans.
- Wahoo have been included in the FWC-FWRI Mercury Program, which
investigates total mercury levels in the muscle tissue of various
Florida fishes. The Florida Department of Health (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/)
has issued a health advisory for wahoo in the Florida Keys and
Florida Bay regions.
- Wahoo are currently the topic of much scientific research in
Florida. Scientists at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are
studying wahoo biology. Scientists at Florida Atlantic University
are conducting a genetic study to investigate the relationship
between individual wahoo from different parts of the world.
- A recently approved management plan, developed by the South
Atlantic Fishery Management Council (http://www.safmc.net) in
conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic and New England councils, will
set limits on commercial and recreational dolphin and wahoo catches
in federal waters along the entire Atlantic coast.
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