Types of Fish Carrying Ciguatera

The fish most likely to carry the toxins are the larger predatory fish associated with coral reefs. These include barracudas, grouper, snapper, jacks and parrot fish. It should be noted that only certain species in each family are associated with the toxins. Therefore, it is a good idea to check with a local fisherman before eating your catch.

The fish that are considered safe are offshore fish such as tuna, wahoo, sword-fish, marlin, and dolphin. Others include sailfish, Spanish mackerel, small king mackerel and yellowtail snapper.

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Throughout the Virgin Islands, you will become aware of plastic bottles floating low in the water. These are used by local fishermen to mark their fish traps.

There are usually two bottles or floats as shown. The upwind one is typically submerged, thereby making it extremely difficult to see until the last minute. Since the floats will trail downwind from the trap, the ideal approach is to pass downwind of the second float.

If you do not see the floats, it is quite likely that the line connecting them together will foul your rudder or prop shaft. If you pick up the line in your prop or prop shaft, your engine will probably stall when moved Into gear. If this happens, a crew member might have to nip over the side with a sharp knife in hand to cut everything loose.

If it does become necessary to cut a fishing line, every effort should be made to retie the trap to the float In order to preserve the traps—as well as the livelihood of the local fishing industry.

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