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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!

   Mouse-over photo for closeup
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:

Month Day Year

Number of egg veils sighted:
Location of egg veil sighting:
Location Formats
40 59 59.99N
 70 59 59.99W

Color of egg veil:
(please describe)
Describe other in box above.  
Was egg veil seen in:
(please describe)

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

Optional Contact Information (email or phone)



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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