Management Plans

Management Plan for the Rougheye/Blackspotted Rockfish Complex (Sebastes Aleutianus and S. Melanostictus) and Longspine Thornyhead (Sebastolobus Altivelis) in Canada

The Rougheye/Blackspotted Rockfish complex comprises two species, Rougheye Rockfish (Sebastes aleutianus) and Blackspotted Rockfish (Sebastes melanostictus). Both species belong to the family Scorpaenidae, and are possibly among the longest lived fish species on earth. In Alaska, scientists aged one specimen to 205 years. These species appear red with dark or dusky blotches of pigment in the back dorsal region, and generally do not exceed 80 cm in size. The two species have similar appearances with slight variations in colour. The complex occurs in the Pacific Ocean, with a range that extends from the northwestern Pacific to British Columbia and southern California. The relative distribution and abundance of these two species in Canadian waters is unknown.

Consultation period: 2012-02-06 to 2012-04-06

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Ottawa, ON
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