ROCKFISH is a common name for a number of species of scorpionfish (family Scorpaenidae) exhibiting a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. In BC there are 34 species of rockfish, including quillback, yelloweye (red snapper), tiger and copper—each differing from the others in appearance, habitat and life span. Rockfish grow slowly and do not reproduce until they are relatively old, sometimes 15–20 years old. Some species can live as long as 150 years. Rockfish are harvested commercially (see...

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