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Get to Know Your Rockfish

Rockfish are some of Alaska’s most long-lived fish. If you have ever fished from a boat in the saltwater in Alaska, you’ve likely hooked and landed one or more of the over 40 different species of rockfish found in Alaska. Some rockfish are quite colorful. Take the yelloweye rockfish for example. The yelloweye rockfish is recognized by its brilliantly colored orange body and large, yelloweye of the eye. What makes this species particularly interesting is that some individuals can live to be over 100 years old.

Rockfish are distributed throughout most of Alaska’s saltwater. Rockfish are long-lived, slow-growing, and slow to reach maturity. This makes them susceptible to overharvest.

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