Transparent Goby

Makku

Aphia minuta

Avoid

Caught:

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.

Availability:

Fishing season usually spans from December to April.

Facts:

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.