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Monkfish Egg Veil Sighting Network

NOAA Fisheries Cooperative Monkfish Research
Northeast Fisheries Science Center
166 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 495-2000

Help us learn more about monkfish!

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egg veil floating in water

What we need

More detailed information about when and where monkfish spawn, and where the egg veils travel after spawning.

What we'll do

Use information on egg veil sightings along with satellite data and ocean circulation patterns to predict where eggs will hatch. We will be posting data on a map to this website showing the locations of egg veil sightings (background).

You can help by entering your information below or emailing it to Anne Richards

Monkfish Egg Veil Sighting Information

Accuracy Is Very Important

Date of egg veil sighting
Number of egg veils sighted
Location of egg veil sighting

Location Formats:
40 59 59.99N
– 70 59 59.99W

Loran Bearings:
Color of egg veil

(Please describe "other" in box »)
Egg veil was seen in:

(Please describe "other" in box »)
Other Information

Any other comments or observations (e.g. larvae visible, condition of veil fragment, whole, etc.) can be entered in the box »

Optional Contact Information

Any other contact information you wish to provide, such as your email or phone number, can be entered in the box »


Monkfish egg veils are thought to remain near the surface for 1-3 weeks (depending on temperature) until the egg veil disintegrates and the larvae hatch. The size and shape of egg veils suggest they are 'designed' for being transported in the surface currents.

This animation shows the movements of a surface drifter over a few months. How far and where an egg veil might move will depend on when and where spawning occurs. Prevailing surface currents and water temperatures will then determine the duration of incubation and fate of the fertilized eggs.

For further information email Anne Richards or call (508) 495-2305.

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