Marine and Freshwater Finfish diagnostic services are provided on a case-by-case basis. Previous services have included gross and internal examinations of fish that have washed up dead on beaches, and moribund or dead fish from aquaculture facilities. Also, abnormal, large-scale die-offs are a topic of interest.
Some of the species investigated include striped bass, bluefish, trout, salmon, and largemouth bass. Most of these fishes are commonly aquacultured to stock fishing ponds.
Common name: Yellowtail Flounder
Latin Name: Limanda ferruginea
Average Lifespan: In the wild they can live up to 12 years1
Habitat: Sandy bottom or a mix of sand and mud1, 2
Diet: Feeds on crabs, clams, worms, and sometimes (rarely) fish2
Geographical range: North American Atlantic coast, from northern Newfoundland to southern New England. 2
Salinity and Temperature range: Wide range of temperatures but most often in 2˚-14˚C. Can subsist in salinity from 30-36ppt, preferring 32-33ppt.1
General Information: This flounder is a right-eyed species, meaning its left eye migrated to its right side as it matured.3 Currently, Yellowtail Flounder is considered a vulnerable species by the IUCN.4 They are in high demand in commercial fish markets.2