rockfish are the largest of the group called scorpionfish in the
Pacific, reaching lengths of three feet and weights of almost fifty
pounds. They feed on pollock, cod, sand lance, herring, lump suckers
and other rockfish, as well as crustaceans, such as rock crabs,
shrimp and snails, and are prey to larger fish. They are named after
their bright yellow eyes, and are often marketed as Pacific red
snapper because of their rose-tinted skin. Yelloweye are slow growing,
territorial fish that inhabit the same area at depths of 300 to
600 feet for many months, and some live to be over 100 years old.
They are targeted by humans, who catch them with trawls and hook-and-line
rigs, but are overfished in many areas of their range.