Size24 inches (61 cm)
DietKrill and will also consume tunicates, jellies, small fish and algae
RangeEastern Pacific from Vancouver, British Columbia to Northern Baja California, Mexico
HabitatShallow reefs and around kelp beds
- Blue rockfish can reach a length of about 24 inches (61 cm) and weights of about 8.4 lbs. (3.8 kg). It is reported to live 44 years.
- Dark blue with lighter blue mottling and lighter coloring ventrally.
- Feeds mainly on krill and will also consume tunicates, jellies, small fish and algae.
- Blue rockfish occurs in the Eastern Pacific from Vancouver, British Columbia to Northern Baja California, Mexico. Its range may extend to Alaska and the Aleutians.
- It occurs from the surface to about 1,800 feet (550 m). When near the surface, it generally is found over shallow reefs and around kelp beds.
- Juvenile is pelagic.
- This species is reported to form schools, sometimes with other kinds of rockfish.
- Like most members of the genus Sebastes, is viviparous, with the female giving birth to very large numbers of planktonic larvae in late winter.
- Larvae remain planktonic for several weeks.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Large aggregations of blue rockfish occur in mid-water.
- The dorsal and anal spines of this fish are mildly venomous.
- This species is a popular sport fish in California.