Traceable Species


Ocean Perch, Deep-sea Perch, Rosefish


Redfish are viviparous, which means that the eggs are fertilized internally and the fish are born alive and free swimming. Mating generally occurs in September or October, and the young are born sometime between April and July. The young are tiny at birth and swim freely in the surface waters until they reach an inch long (25 mm), at which time they move into deeper waters over rocky and muddy bottom. From that point on, redfish are slow growing and long-lived, commonly living to be about 40 years old. During the first six to seven years, males and females grow at about the same rate, but afterwards the growth of males slows. Thus, females are larger at any given age than males. Redfish reach sexual maturity at eight to 12 years of age.


Food Info Redfish


  • Colour: bright white but turns opaque white when cooked
  • Texture: moderately firm fillets that are lean, moist and flaky
  • Flavour: mild taste with a touch of sweetness
  • Perfect serve: The firm texture of Redfish makes it highly suitable for soups, chowders and stews, and its flavour will hold up to a variety of sauces. Try an orange butter sauce – it perfectly compliments its delicate flavour. Fillets hold together best with the skin on, though the flavour will be more pronounced. It is also a popular fish in Asian cooking, where it is often steamed whole.
Species Range
Redfish range Source:
Ocean Perch
Deep-sea Perch
Redfish by Bottom Trawl Dec 31 - Jan 01

Redfish are a slow-growing, deep-sea fish commonly marketed as “ocean perch,” even though it’s not actually a perch. It’s a rockfish that live in large schools deep in the ocean. Redfish live in the cold waters of the North Atlantic at depths of up to 3,300 feet (1,000 metres). They are incidentally caught while fish harvesters catch halibut and haddock.

Redfish, as their name suggests, are bright red or orange-red in colouring and have large eyes, a short body and gaping mouth. On average, they weight between 1.3 to 4.4 pounds (0.6 to 2 kg) and have firm, white fillets. Redfish first became popular as a substitute for freshwater yellow perch, which is why it is often called “ocean perch.”

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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