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Blue Rockfish - Sebastes mystinus
Photo by Daniel Gotshall

Blue rockfish grow to 53cm (21in). They are mottled blue-black to bright blue and have two to four dark bands that curve around the front of their head. Adults in shallow water tend to remain in a fixed locale, while fish in deeper water are more mobile. Groups of blue rockfish segregate according to size and sex, the males and females only mix for mating.

Blue Rockfish
(Sebastes mystinus)

Vancouver Island, Canada to Northern Baja California

From .6-550m (2-1800ft.), above seafloor, generally over shallow reefs.

Sea jellies, plankton, fish and algae.


The status of this species is representative of the populations within the waters of this Sanctuary only, not global populations.

Quick Fact
In general, rockfish are long lived and grow slowly, the blue rockfish are one of the fastest growing rockfish.

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