At The Aquarium
Rockfish are an important part of B.C.’s ocean ecosystem. However, they’re easy targets for fishermen, as they naturally don’t move far from their home territories. The Aquarium team has been working to establish black rockfish where they were once abundant along the shoreline of West Vancouver. They had been fished out in the 1960s, but signs are emerging that our black rockfish transplants have successfully bred new generations in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. As previously mentioned, the Howe Sound team is also monitoring a population of copper rockfish year round to better understand the winter hiding behaviour that has been observed over the past 7 years.