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Colorful, long-lived rockfish

There are more than 100 species of rockfish around the world, many of which are found along the Pacific coast of North America, and 24 of those make their homes in the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Aquarium exhibits about 14 different rockfish species! 

At the Aquarium

You can help take care of wild rockfish

Rockfish live in a variety of habitats and at a variety of depths. Some species school together; others live solitary lives. But regardless of where and how they live, rockfish need clean water and undisrupted habitats to grow and thrive. You can help them by doing your part to protect Puget Sound and the ocean beyond, and choosing seafood from the “Best Choices” and “Good Alternatives” lists on the Seafood Watch cards at the Seattle Aquarium.

Quick facts

Some rockfish species can live to be well over 100 years old!

Instead of laying eggs like most fish, rockfish give live birth to their young.

Because rockfish are so long-lived, many don’t begin breeding until they’re 20 years old!

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Two sea otters at the Seattle Aquarium floating on the water in their habitat, holding onto each other demonstrating a rafting behavior.

With your help, the Seattle Aquarium builds connections with our community to inspire conservation and curiosity for marine life. When you make an end-of-year gift by December 31, you'll be joining us in protecting our shared marine environment—now and for generations to come. Thank you!

An adult sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium looking upwards with its front paws resting on its front.

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Sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium laying on its back, raising its head and front paws.

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