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Marine Fisheries - Fish Facts

Marine Fisheries

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Fish
Shellfish
Crustaceans

Dolphin fish / mahi mahi

Fun Fish Facts

Down in the mouth! Fish are some of the biggest seafood eaters in the world! Squid, shrimp, and their neighbor fish are among their favorite foods.

The eyes have it! Fish don't have the best eyesight so bright and shiny lures help get their attention.

FINtastic! Fish swim by flexing their bodies and use their fins to help maneuver.

Gill skills. Fish breathe with their gills taking oxygen from the water as it passes over their gills.

Fish tails. Some fish have spots on their tails which confuses predators because the spots look like eyes. The predator doesn't know if he is looking at the front or back end of the fish and by the time he figures it out the fish has escaped!

The fish that swim in North Carolina’s coastal waters out to three miles offshore are part of the coastal fisheries and are a public trust resource. Migratory fish travel up and down the east coast, from 3 to 200 miles out and beyond.

Or, in scientific terms:

COASTAL WATERS: "North Carolina’s coastal zone includes the 20 counties that in whole or in part are adjacent to, adjoining, intersected by or bounded by the Atlantic Ocean or any coastal sound(s)."

MIGRATORY SPECIES: "Marine species whose life cycle includes lengthy migrations, usually through the exclusive economic zones of two or more countries as well as into international waters."

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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