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Alaska Fish Factor

A deck of clever playing cards teaches how to identify the 48 different kinds of rockfish


December 19, 2019

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Go Fish!

A deck of clever playing cards is teaching people about one of Alaska's most popular yet fragile fishing favorites: rockfish.          

During games players can learn how to identify the 48 different kinds of rockfish found in Alaska waters and how some, like rougheye, can live beyond 200 years.

"Shortraker, the 10 of diamonds, can live 157 years. Yelloweye live 118 years and are sexually mature at around 22 years. Black rockfish mature at six or seven years and can live to be 50 years," said Andrew Olson, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game ground-fish and shellfish coordinat...

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