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Game Fish Species of British Columbia



Snappers, Canaries, Grenies, Rock Salmon, Rockfish

DESCRIPTION - This species is known by a number of common names: Rockcod, Rockfish and Snapper and is distinguished by its heavy, stout build. Rockcod have a large, broad head usually bearing spines and strong ridges. General colouring ranges from black to dull green through brilliant orange and crimson. Some have red or black vertical stripes. Their usual length is from 35-50 cm.

DISTRIBUTION - The Rockcod is a bottom species that can be found in both the northern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

BIOLOGY - The Rockcod releases its larvae between January and May. They feed on a variety of foods including herring, sand lance, crabs, shrimps and euphausiids. Several of this species has been recorded as older than 70 years.

RELATION TO MAN - The Rockcod is taken by both commercial and sport fishermen. Most of the Rockcod caught commercially is frozen and exported to the U.S.A., Japan and Europe.

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