Yelloweye Rockfish

 

images (3)All About Me:

 

Sebastes ruberrimus aka Yelloweye Rockfish, Pacific red snapper, red rock cod, or cowfish.

 

Status:

 

In an Open Relationship.

 

I’m looking for any male counterpart who can internally fertilize my over 2 million eggs between the months of February and December. I can do the rest of the incubation and live larval-birth by myself! However, if you would like to be my mate, you must be in it for the long haul; Yelloweye Rockfish can live up to 120 years old!

 

Hometown:

 

I can be found anywhere from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to the Baja Peninsula at depths of usually 300-600 feet. However, once I find a home on a rock pile, I will stay here for the majority of my life!

 

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What I Look Like/Body Type:

 

I am about 36 in and 35-40 lbs.   I am usually orange-red and turn to a more of an orange-yellow as I age.   I have spines on my head and my fins are usually tipped with black. However, as a juvenile, my skin was more of a light red color and I had distinctive while lateral stripes on my body.  For a long time, juvenile and adult yelloweye’s were considered different species because of our different coloration!

 

Interests:

 

I like to eat some small crustaceans and other small rock fish.   When I was a larvae I used to feed on algae and other single celled organisms.  Since it takes so long for me to mature and I disperse my larvae over a wide area with strong currents, only a small number of my young will reach maturity.   Because of this, my species is very prone to over-fishing.   Currently in Washington state, there is a ban for my retention.   On April 23, 2009, NMFS proposed that we should be listed as threatened under the ESA.

 

Other Interesting Facts About Me:

 

I lack a vent on my swim bladder. If I am brought to over 10 fathoms (30 feet), I will die.

 

I am a fish that is prized for my meat. If you happen to get a chance to eat me, here is a recipe that you might try:

https://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19970205&slug=2522423

 

 

 

Also check out this video on You Tube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GusNMjKFgU0

images (2)Adult Yelloweye Rockfish

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Juvenile Yelloweye Rockfish

https://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/fish/yelloweyerockfish.htm

https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=yelloweyerockfish.main

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yelloweye_rockfish

https://www.google.com/search?q=yelloweye+rockfish&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&     sa=X&ei=DpsmUZm4M7DmiwKep4DgBg&sqi=2&ved=0CEQQsAQ&biw=1518&bih=748

Composed by Audrey Foster

 

3 thoughts on “Yelloweye Rockfish”

  1. I love the layout you used for your fish’s profile! I learned a lot of great information about the yellow eye rockfish from your profile that I did not know before!

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