Traceable Species

Rougheye Rockfish

Snapper, Red Snapper, Rockfish, Blackthroat Rockfish, Blacktip Rockfish, Rock Cod, Aramenuke (sushi)

Rougheye Rockfish

Rougheye rockfish typically live at depths between 170 and 660 m (560 and 2,200 feet). They are found near the seafloor around caves, crevices and steeply sloped boulder fields surrounded by soft terrain. Their diet consists primarily of shrimp, but also crab, tiny crustaceans and other fish. Females spawn by releasing their larvae from egg-filled ovaries typically between February and June. This species is extremely long lived, slow growing and matures late in life. It is one of some 70 species in the Sebastes and Sebastolobus genus that live in the Pacific Ocean.

Rougheye Rockfish

Food Info Rougheye Rockfish


  • Colour: Glistening bright white with a pinkish sheen. 
  • Texture: Very lean fillets with medium to firm texture and medium-sized flakes.
  • Flavour: Very mild, slightly sweet flavour.
  • Perfect serve: Since rockfish tends to flake easily, grilling is not the ideal preparation method. Take advantage of its sweet, delicate flavour by steaming it whole Asian-style and serving with sesame-soy stir-fried greens; or crispy-fry the whole fish in olive oil to make the most of its firm texture.
Species Range
Rougheye Rockfish range Source:
Red Snapper
Blackthroat Rockfish
Blacktip Rockfish
Rock Cod
Aramenuke (sushi)
Pacific Halibut by Hook and Line Mar 16 - Nov 07

Rougheye rockfish are among the longest-lived marine fish species on Earth, having been recorded as old as 205 years. Commonly marketed as “snapper,” Rougheye rockfish can be difficult to distinguish from several other species, especially its close cousin, the Shortraker rockfish. Indeed, there are more than 70 rockfish species in the eastern Pacific. Rougheye are named after their most distinguishing feature: spines along the lower rim of their eyes.

Rougheye rockfish have a bright red or pink body with black or gray patches. The pectoral fins are usually marked with black ends, giving it also the nickname “blacktip” rockfish. The species ranges from northern Japan and the Bering Sea down the North American coast to southern California. Its fillets are bright white with a delicate flavour.

Fishing Methods

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Bottom Longline with Hooks

This fishery uses a bottom longline that is baited with hooks and anchored to the ocean floor. A longline can be from 1 to 3 miles (1.6 to 5 km) long and have up to 2,000 hooks.


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Bottom Trawl

This fishery uses a large cone-shaped net that is dragged along the seafloor to catch fish. As the net is towed at low speed, hydrodynamic forces push two "otter boards" outwards opening the mouth of the net and capturing fish in its path.


Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

Mangrove Crab Harvester

Canavieiras, Brazil

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