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Mahi-mahi, Dolphinfish, Dorado
Simile of international trade:
Habitat and biology:
Pelagic specie oceanic and coastal. It feeds on fish, crustaceans and molluscan. Spawns offshore.
In the artisanal fishing they catch specimens from 42 cm to 180 cm (TL).
Principal ports of landing:
Esmeraldas, Manta, San Mateo, Puerto pez, Santa Rosa, and Anconcito.
Types of fisheries:
Artisanal, industrial (longiners boats) and sport.
From december to march every (rainy station). When there is an availability is extended during all year round.
The annual unloading average in artisanal fisheries is 12071 tons.
Types of vessel:
Fiberglass and wood boats, balandras (artisanal fleet) that tow anywhere from tree to 12 smaller boats.
For the artisanal fishermen, the Mahi-Mahi is the most important resource, for the volumes that are captured and because its fishery is widely known. Taking second place by species in the exports of the white fish. The demand is very good in the local market. Its flesh (crude) is of whitish color tending to pink, of excellent quality. Its skin serves for the leather manufacture, to elaborated portfolios, straps, wallets, purse, keeper of the keys and similar.
Processing (fresh and frozen):
Headless and gutted, skin on, tail-off.
Fillets with or without skin, bloodline out, boneless.
Skinless and boneless.