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Old 12-13-2016, 11:38 AM   #1
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"Rockfish Explosion"

http://www.eikojonesphotography.com/rockfish-explosion/

I hope this is more than just anecdotal observation from one guy. Has anyone else observed similar?

I'm still surprised the the rockfish in Puget Sound/Salish Sea haven't made more of a recovery than I've seen, especially in the San Juan Islands area. I assume it is just a slow recovery process for a long lived fish.

Great photos regardless...
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Old 12-13-2016, 07:43 PM   #2
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Re: "Rockfish Explosion"

I've never seen anything like that in Puget Sound.

I do always see Rockfish around rocky structure every time I go out. For example, the Edmonds Marina breakwater has many dozens of Rockfish.
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Old 12-16-2016, 07:32 AM   #3
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Re: "Rockfish Explosion"

That center pic is like what I experienced and posted about Barview a year or so ago. They are probably thriving on all this excess plankton...
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Re: "Rockfish Explosion"

I haven't been able to find any current data on the topic, but I do enjoy Eiko's photos. This is a pretty cool page all about rockfish.

http://www.eikojonesphotography.com/...fic-northwest/
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I haven't been able to find any current data on the topic, but I do enjoy Eiko's photos. This is a pretty cool page all about rockfish.

http://www.eikojonesphotography.com/...fic-northwest/
Yea, those are some quality photos. I could've done w/o the stupid commentary though.

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My biggest delight was when I was ascending from the depths to the top of a rocky pinnacle in Quatsino Sound and came across a school of several thousand Bocaccio Rockfish juveniles. This species is an endangered, very long lived Rockfish on the Pacific Coast. The main reason for the massive decline in this species is due to overfishing.
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Old 12-21-2016, 12:24 PM   #6
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Yea, those are some quality photos. I could've done w/o the stupid commentary though.



I only read it for the articles too...

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Old 12-21-2016, 01:05 PM   #7
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I haven't been able to find any current data on the topic, but I do enjoy Eiko's photos. This is a pretty cool page all about rockfish.

http://www.eikojonesphotography.com/...fic-northwest/
I only became aware of his website when I found this post but there are a ton of great photos and posts here! This only makes me want to invest in better video/photography gear more. I've spent plenty of spare time looking through his site.

I will try to find some more hard data on the current rockfish numbers obtained by WDFW/ODFW.
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Old 12-21-2016, 01:57 PM   #8
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Please post if you find something with some actual numbers! I've done a few searches since I first saw these photos and haven't found anything real recent.
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Old 12-21-2016, 07:28 PM   #9
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I was in Winter Harbour (Quatsino Sound) in August and the clouds of juvenile rockfish were unbelievable. Lots of them in the bellies of both rockfish and salmon we caught. There were humpback whales right next to the kelp driving through the schools. It is very regional. This was after the very warm water year of 2015, so maybe they responded. Just haven't read the literature..

I dive a bunch in Edmonds and Spring 2015 there were very large schools of small coppers everywhere. That cadre is now 2-4" long and still gobs of them. This Spring not so much at Edmonds but there was a big cloud of juvenile blacks at another spot....
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