Canadian Marine Life Encyclopedia
Redfish (Acadian & Deepwater)
Sebastes fasciatus (Acadian) & Sebastes mentella (Deepwater)
Also known as
Atlantic redfish, redfish, rosefish, beaked redfish, ocean perch
Order Scorpaeniformes (scorpionfishes & flatheads); Family Sebastidae
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Acadian and Deepwater redfish are so similar in appearance that they are frequently lumped together as one species, particularly in the commercial fishery. There are also accounts of breeding across species, producing hybridized redfish. Redfish are called “ocean perch,” although they are not perch at all. This name arose during the 1930s when there was a shortage in freshwater yellow perch due to overfishing, at which time fish harvesters began substituting red fish fillets, similar in colour and texture and half the price.