Tropical fish come up the gulf stream as eggs on broken seaweeds, hatch, and make their way into the warm eddies and nooks and crannies of the southern New England coast. The water this time of year can be in the low to mid 70's (yes, not a typo- like Florida in the winter) and you can typically wear 1/2 of a wetsuit, no gloves, and a hood only to allow being in the water for 4 hours plus. Seeing these little waifs is fun, trying to catch them is a challenge. Easy diving - no deeper than 25 feet - often 10-15 feet works, in fact snorkeling at low tide is as successful as diving at high tide!
By the way, this is a win-win-win situation - the fish will die if not caught, by late fall because of cold water temps, the aquarium llikes the juvenile fish (they don't need to collect as many in the Bahamas), and it's FUN for us!
Contact the Environmental Officer or look at the dive calendar. Every year we hold an Annual BBQ Tropical Fish Rescue in Rhode Island, usually in September. Other tropical fish collecting trips will be posted.
Some equipment that is helpfull to catch (often very small) the fish include:
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