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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Rocky Reefs Habitat (Cold Water Quest)

Range / Habitat

  • Copper rockfish occur in the Eastern Pacific from the Gulf of Alaska to Central Baja California, Mexico.
  • Found from about 33 to 600 feet (10 -183 m) and is particularly abundant in shallow protected bays and inlets, among rocks and kelp beds. This species is also seen around pilings and jetties or under floats.
  • Juvenile occurs in loose aggregations in weedy shallow bays, around wharves and among floating drift.

Physical Characteristics

  • Copper rockfish can reach a length of about 23 inches (58 cm) and weights of about 6 lbs. (2.7 kg). It is reported to live 55 years.
  • Predominantly olive-brown, dull yellow to copper in color with pink or yellow blotches and a white underside.

Diet / Feeding

  • Primarily a benthic feeder, preying on crustaceans, octopuses and worms. It also may consume pelagic fish.

Reproduction / Growth

  • Copper rockfish, like most members of the genus Sebastes, is viviparous, with the female giving birth to planktonic larvae. Spawning takes place between February and May.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Dorsal and anal spines of this fish are mildly venomous.
  • This species is a popular sport fish and it is caught commercially. Its flesh is tasty, firm and flaky. It is sold mainly as fillets.