Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?

  • Atlantic
  • Mediterranean
  • Kattegat-Skagerrak

HOW TO MEASURE?

Length from the lower jaw to the tail (cm)

DOES IT HAVE A LEGAL SIZE?

Yes

HOW TO MEASURE

DISTRIBUTION MAP


DISTRIBUTION

Distributed in the Northeast Atlantic ranging from South Norwegian Sea to West Africa. Also present in the Mediterranean Sea.

ECOLOGY

Oceanic species found in mid-water above the thermocline, at depths from 200 to 600 m. Opportunistic feeder, its varied diet includes fish, crustaceans and squids.

FISHERIES

Caught mainly fisheries using longline, drift gillnets, harpoon and set nets.

DID YOU KNOW

They are one of the fastest fish in the ocean, reaching speeds of up to 50 miles / 80 km per hour.