This large rockfish is often mistaken for the eastern species, red snapper. They can weigh as much as 40 lbs (18 kg) and have an impressive lifespan. It is not unusual for a yelloweye to live more than 80 years; the oldest known yelloweye lived to be 121. The age of a rockfish can be determined by the hard, inner ear “bone” called an otolith. The otolith may be extracted and cut to count the annual growth rings to tell age, like tree rings.
Unfortunately, most yelloweye rockfish caught by humans will die due to rapid pressure changes as they are reeled in from the depths.