Bunker or Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus)

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Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus)

Also known as ... Bunker, mossbunker, fatback, bugfish, bunka

Description ...

Atlantic Menhaden have a compressed body that is silvery in color with a distinct black shoulder spot behind the gill.  They feed on plankton and are important filter feeders in all estuaries along the east coast.    They are the most sought after fish on the east coast as bait in recreational and commercial ventures, for fish oil, fertilizer, and fish foods.  Commercially it is a highly regulated fish.   They are a very oily fish and as a food source for humans not very desired though . . .

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