Mack­erel rolling into Em­bree

Locals pleased to see more fish on beaches than usual

The Central Voice - - Front Page - BY KYLE GREEN­HAM­[email protected]­cen­

Mack­erel are pil­ing up on the shores of Em­bree, and locals say it’s the most they’ve seen in some years.

Wanda Gosse moved back home to Em­bree five years ago. Ac­cord­ing to Gosse, 39, the mack­erel are not only more plen­ti­ful this year, they are show­ing up in ar­eas that peo­ple rarely see them.

“Coming home these past four nights peo­ple are just mag­goty on the beaches, they’re out with their flash­lights and just grab­bing them,” said Gosse. “I’ve never seen them roll into the spots they’re coming in.”

From speak­ing with many locals, Gosse says peo­ple have been caught off guard by the amount of mack­erel rolling ashore.

Ritchie Scott, from the neigh­bour­ing com­mu­nity of Lit­tle Burnt Bay, went out this past week­end to gather some mack­erel for home meals.

He filled two five-gal­lon buck­ets full of the fish on Satur­day, Dec. 1, and three buck­ets the fol­low­ing day.

“They come in ev­ery fall but not as many as have come in this year,” Scott said. “I grew up here eat­ing fish and (mack­erel) was al­ways some­thing we had in the fall, but I’ve never seen this many.

“They’re rolling in the whole way through Em­bree, all along the beach ev­ery­where.”

An­drew Smith is the stock assess­ment bi­ol­o­gist for At­lantic mack­erel with the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans, based in Mont-Joli, Que­bec.

In an emailed re­sponse, Smith says that be­cause of the fish’s sen­si­tiv­ity to the cold they of­ten get pushed in­shore and onto beaches when they are faced with a sud­den wall of cold wa­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to Smith, mack­erel is rarely seen in wa­ters colder than 7 de­grees Cel­sius, and many will die out­right when caught in cold wa­ters.

DFO su­per­vis­ing of­fi­cer for the Twillingate de­tach­ment Dwayne Hol­well says he has heard of a lot more sight­ings of mack­erel around beaches this year, from ar­eas like Em­bree, Brown’s Arm and Sum­mer­ford.

“It hasn’t been as com­monly seen the past few years, but this year I’ve been hear­ing about it a lot from other peo­ple,” he said.


Some Em­bree res­i­dents say sight­ings of mack­erel rolling into the beaches is the most plen­ti­ful they’ve ever seen.

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