Canadian Marine Life Encyclopedia
Also known as
Red snapper, Pacific red snapper, red rock cod, yellow belly
Rocky bottoms with complex structures
Order Scorpaeniformes (scorpionfishes & flatheads), Family Sebastidae (rockfishes)
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Yelloweye rockfish get their name from their distinct yellow eyes and bright orange-red body. These rockfish are one of about 30 different species of rockfish found off the Pacific Coast of Canada, but they are among the longest-lived – living up to 115 years old! Their long lifespan means they are slow growing and mature late in life, making recovery for this species quite slow since the population growth rate is naturally so low. They can be found in the deep ocean and never stray too far from home – some rockfish have been known to spend their entire lives on a single rock pile!