[Coral-List] fish questions from a chef (Shapiro, Aurelie)

Brian Nelson bnelson at neaq.org
Sat Feb 28 12:11:15 EST 2009

#3 Sounds like a PIT tag or something similar...that is important.
Someone local to DC MUST have a reader, then if your brother knows where
the fish came from it should be easy enough to contact state biologists
and report the tag.

A post to the American Fisheries Society would likely ID the tagging
project pretty quickly.

See below for images:


Brian Nelson
Senior Aquarist
Tropical Gallery
Fishes Department
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
bnelson at neaq.org

   1. fish questions from a chef (Shapiro, Aurelie)


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Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 10:40:17 -0500
From: "Shapiro, Aurelie" <Aurelie.Shapiro at WWFUS.ORG>
Subject: [Coral-List] fish questions from a chef
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>From my brother who's a chef. Anyone have any answers?

I have some fish queries and was wondering if either of you might be
able to answer them or find someone who can.

1.Every once and a while, when I am fileting the New Zealand Snapper
(Pagrus auratus) sort of a porgy or sea bream, there are a few that have
these knobby bony growths on the bones between the spine and the anal
spine, usually 2-3, progressively smaller towards the tail.  They are
round and smooth and look like big pearly blisters around the bones but
are seamless appear to be bone.  I have to cut around them and I lose
some flesh.  I would like to know what they are.

2. The past 2 pieces of Big Eye tuna that we have gotten have these
flecks of hematoma closest to the skin.  They are about an inch long and
cannot be cut or cooked out.  How does a fish get these?  Poor handling,
stress or other?

3. I was butchering a wild sturgeon today (at least that is what the
invoice says) and when I took the skin off I found what looked like a
tiny LED light on my cutting board.  About 3/4 of an inch long and the
thickness of a Bic pen ink tube,  It was clear on one side and black on
the other and there was what looked like a tiny light in the clear
side...sort of like a capsule.  I don't know where else it could have
come from.  Could it be a tracking instrument or something?  I kept it.

Thank you.

Aurelie C. Shapiro
Remote Sensing Specialist
World Wildlife Fund - US
1250 24th street NW room 2015A
Washington DC, 20037
*new phone number* 202 495-4183
fax - 202 293-9211


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