Transparent Goby


Aphia minuta



The transparent goby is normally caught using beach seines and similar gear in very shallow areas. In Malta it is commonly caught using cast nets.


Fishing season usually spans from December to April.


In Andalusia, they are called chanquetes and are traditionally served deep-fried, with fried eggs and roasted or fried pepper. Similarly, in Malta it is used to make pulpetti tal-makku. 

They spawn in summer in empty bivalve shells and the adults (which can reach a maximum size of no more than 8 cm) die after breeding.

Our suggestion:

This fishery is mostly focused on the capture of small fry and juveniles and normally results in huge amounts of by-catch such as sardine larvae catches. It is for this reason that fish4tomorrow suggest avoiding transparent goby for consumption.