Fresh fish: juvenile sablefish now at the Seattle Aquarium

About 100 juvenile sablefish, captive-reared by NOAA Fisheries, are now sharing the Aquarium’s Elliott Bay Window with two blue striped perch and a juvenile wolf eel.

Sablefish, or Anoplopoma fimbria, are notable for their longevity—they can live to be over 90 years old. The oldest known sablefish, in Alaska, lived to the age of 94 years. Also known as black cod, they are one of only two members of the Anoplopomatidae family; the other is the skilfish, Erilepis zonifer.

Sablefish can grow to about 45 inches in length and weigh about 55 pounds. Juveniles are eaten by many other fish such as salmon and Pacific halibut, and adults may be preyed on by sperm whales. Sablefish, in turn, prey on everything from crustaceans to cephalopods to young salmon and other smaller fish. And speaking of eating, when wild-caught in Alaskan or Canadian Pacific waters, sablefish are listed as a “best choice” on the Seafood Watch cards that are available at the Seattle Aquarium.

Come take a look and learn more about sablefish during your next visit!


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