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P.s. Typo at 1:27 — meant to say Banded Sunfish. Heh.
August 18th, 2020 (Session 54) – I explored a “cranberry bog” in the NJ Pine Barrens for endemic species of fish. For my surprise, I ended up encountering and catching a bucket-list species. Read more about it below:
Did you know that…?
👊…As for 2020, the NJ Wildlife still classifies the following Species of fish as protected: (1) the Bluespotted Sunfish (Enneacanthus gloriosus), (2) the Banded Sunfish (Enneacanthus obesus), (3) the Blackbanded Sunfish (Enneacanthus chaetodon), and (4) the Mud Sunfish (Acantharchus pomotis). I wasn’t able to find the latest copy on the rules and regulations for NJ’s protected species; however, in 2016, I called a “Captain” that belonged to the NJ Wildlife. We spoke over the phone for a little over ten minutes. According to him, then, it was illegal to (A) purposely target protected species in NJ, and (B) harvest, collect, or take protected Species outside of the water without a Freshwater Collections Permit. Additionally, he stated that protected species had to be released immediately — with no rooms for photos or photo-tanks. I am not sure if these regulations still stand; however, be advised that one should practice safe fish handling skills when dealing with these species when accidentally caught.
👊…the Blackbanded Sunfish (Enneacanthus chaetodon) completed my Enneacanthus collection. I have now caught all three Species in this genus, listed above.
👊…It took me two years to catch the superfecta. The Mud Sunfish came first, on May 9th, 2018. It was my 200th species on my Lifelist! You can watch that video here:
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