Juvenile Rockfish - Sebastes Species
These fish are tame and, generally, unafraid of divers often blending in with their surroundings resting near a kelp leaf. They are very common for sport fishing, and can be found from the intertidal zone, down to below 600 feet. The spines in their dorsal (back) fin, have poisons in them and can be painful if handled improperly, but the wound is rarely serious. Marine protected areas, fishing regulations and improved monitoring have brought many rockfish back from collapse. They are now once again provide, a great fishery in this area. They take 4 to 6 years to grow to reproductive maturity, and they can live to 100 years old. Careful fishing and management practices will be important to ensure these kelp forest residents are around for a long time.