Swordfish Migration and Habitat Use
An understanding of swordfish movements and habitat use, particularly their response to environmental conditions such as illumination, is fundamental for sustainable fisheries management.75
Model predictions indicate that swordfish remain at shallow, consistent night-time depth profiles during new moons, before ascending into deeper mesopelagic depths during half moons.
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Swordfish aggregation patterns can be found near oceanographic boundaries such as thermoclines and convergence zones, where they tend to forage along these edges and within eddies for food sources that upwelled via upwelled cold waters rich with food sources. Swordfish have also been observed migrating over long distances during their first year (Lu et al. 2016).
The results of a general additive model show that swordfish exhibit predictable crepuscular depth shifts, with shallower daytime forays and deeper nighttime ones. Time of day was found to be the strongest predictor, and interactions between day of year and latitude and time of day and latitude show effects related to astronomical twilight and golden hour effects.
Swordfish with unique cardiorespiratory adaptations appear able to navigate vertical migration over rapid temperature changes efficiently, minimising thermal debt accumulation while simultaneously optimizing energy expenditure when hunting prey.
He has amassed thousands of offshore hours from Cabo San Lucas to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and bluefin hot spots such as Cape Verde and Ascension Island, serving on NOAA’s Highly Migratory Species Management and Policy Panel and technical advisory board as well as being part of ICCAT Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Working Group.
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Nick Stanczyk of Pisces Sportfishing Fleet & Luxury Yachts recently won the top tag and release captain award for swordfish at an awards ceremony held in Miami. Together with his crew, he tagged 90 swordfish between 2017 and 2018 on behalf of organizations such as The Billfish Foundation.
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Swordfish migrate seasonally between temperate or cold waters during summer feeding and warm waters for spawning, moving with currents to do so and making them difficult for anglers to target directly; making them an excellent species to study using spatial modeling techniques.
Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) are highly mobile epi- and mesopelagic oceanic predators found worldwide outside polar regions, serving as important target species in many large pelagic fisheries – such as an active recreational swordfish fishery off temperate southeast Australia.
Movement patterns of high latitude swordfish have serious repercussions for stock assessment and management. To address these challenges, this study leveraged a recent expansion of Australia’s domestic longline fishery for swordfish to use pop-up satellite archival transmitting tags on eleven fish caught in western Tasman Sea.
Environmental covariates included daily ocean surface temperature and 545 m mixed layer depth sourced from BRAN2020, an ocean reanalysis model which assimilates observation data at monthly 0.1 deg x 5 deg resolution; water column light attenuation coefficient K490 calculated at one deg x one deg resolution63-64; moon phase calculated both globally (a) and at the individual fish-level (b). Near-surface water temperature proved the strongest predictor of median daytime vertical position; swordfish maintained low ambient illumination by diving deeper into less turbid habitat65.
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The swordfish (Xiphias gladius) is an aquatic predator commonly found in California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME), coexisting with other top predator species like other billfishes, tunas and sharks – such as other billfish, tunas and sharks [1-]. Similar to other billfishes, swordfish are predominantly surface feeders but will occasionally hunt mesopelagic prey as well [1-2].
They possess several adaptations that facilitate foraging, such as large bills that can incapacitate and kill prey quickly, as well as partial endothermy for hunting in cold waters. Furthermore, these fish serve a vital ecological purpose by being the target of drift gillnet swordfish fisheries within CCLME waters, providing many local and regional consumers with fresh seafood supplies.