Atlantic white marlin

Order: 
Perciformes
Family: 
Istiophoridae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Elongated and compressed body. Blue-black above, silvery white and splattered with brown on the sides, silvery white below; sometimes with more than 15 rows of obscure whitish stripes; 1st dorsal fin dark blue with black dots; 2nd dorsal fin dark blue; pectorals blackish brown, with tinges of silvery white in some specimens; pelvic fins blue-black with a black fin membrane; caudal fin blackish brown. Maximum total length: 3 m. Maximum published weight: 82.5 kg.

International Designations

France: 
Makaire blanc
Italy: 
Marlin
Portugal: 
Peto
UK: 
Atlantic white marlin
Fishing gears: 
Hooks
FAO code: 
WHM
Scientific name: 
Tetrapturus albidus
Type: 
Blue fish
Fishing areas: 
Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
516