Size23 inches (58 cm)
DietBenthic feeder, preying on crustaceans, octopuses and worms
RangeEastern Pacific from the Gulf of Alaska to Central Baja California, Mexico
HabitatShallow protected bays and inlets, among rocks and kelp beds
- 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.
- Primarily a benthic feeder, preying on crustaceans, octopuses and worms. It also may consume pelagic fish.
- 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.
- 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.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- 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.