Feeding of Centroscyllium
fabricii and the influence of discards on its diet in Flemish Pass (north-west Atlantic)
Antonio Punzón a1andMiguel Angel Herrera a2 a1 Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Centro Oceanográfico de Santander, Apdo. 240, 39080 Santander, Spain a2 Hunt Delter, PO Box 14 Victoria-Mahe, Seychelles
One hundred and fifty-one Centroscyllium
fabricii stomachs containing food were analysed on board freezer vessels in north-west Atlantic in 1992. Three length groups were established to study variations in diet with length. The most important prey group was waste products from fish processing by the fleet and fish. Diet varied with length, smaller specimens feeding on crustaceans and molluscs, offal and fish forming the main prey in larger predators.