Pacific Ocean Perch


Species Name Family ‌Name
Pacific Ocean Perch (POP) Sebastidae (Rockfish Family)

Conservation Status

The Pacific ⁤Ocean ‍Perch is currently listed as a species of least concern, ‌due to its wide distribution and large population size. ⁢However, conservation efforts continue to monitor populations and regulate​ fishing to ensure the species remains stable.


Length (Average) Length (Range) Weight​ (Average) Weight (Range) Average Lifespan (in years)
14 inches 8 – 19 inches 1.5 pounds 1.0 – 3.5 pounds Up to ‍100


The Pacific Ocean Perch can⁣ be found ‌throughout the⁣ northern​ Pacific Ocean, from ⁣Japan‌ to the USA, particularly⁢ in ⁤Alaska. These fish don’t typically migrate but may‌ make‌ small⁢ seasonal movements to deeper or shallower water depending on food availability‍ and temperature.


Water Type Depth Range Temperature Range
Saltwater 100 -‍ 1,200 feet 34 – 39°F

When and Where to See

Pacific Ocean Perch ⁣can be found ‌year-round, though they can be more difficult to locate during‍ their breeding season ​in ⁣late winter to early spring. They are most commonly found during daylight hours.

Best Fishing Locations

  • Prince William Sound, Alaska
  • Sitka, Alaska
  • Kodiak Island, Alaska
  • Halibut Cove, ⁢Alaska
  • Kenai​ Peninsula,‍ Alaska

For general tips,‌ Pacific Ocean Perch are often found near rocky formations at ⁤a depth of 100 – ‌800 feet. ⁣Look for areas⁣ with underwater structures, as POPs will ​generally congregate around these.

How to Catch

Jigs tipped with cut bait such as sardines, squid or shrimp ⁢or‌ artificial lures such as rubber worms or grubs can be effective for catching Pacific Ocean Perch. Methods include bottom fishing or jigging, often from​ a‌ boat.

Identification Guide

Pacific Ocean Perch⁢ have a deep, spindle-shaped body and are typically bright to dark red​ in color. ​They’re easily distinguished from other rockfish ⁢species by the continuous ridge that runs from the eyes⁤ to the dorsal fin.

Culinary ⁣Uses

POP has ‌a mild, sweet ⁤flavor and firm texture. It can be baked, fried, sautéed or braised.⁢ The fillets are high in protein and low⁣ in saturated fats.

Additional Information

Pacific Ocean Perch are slow-growing, ⁢late-maturing species and feed on zooplankton, small fishes ⁣and other small⁢ marine organisms. The‌ main predators⁤ of Pacific Ocean Perch include larger fish, ‍marine birds, and marine mammals. Overfishing is the primary⁤ human-induced threat to PACs.

References ⁤and Further Reading