Marine and Freshwater Finfish

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.

Yellowtail Flounder

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