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Real Good Fish | Fish Species | | Fish Species | Bringing you the freshest sustainably caught LOCAL seafood!
“If we eat from our own shores, we're much more inclined to protect them, the water quality, and our marine environment.”
- Paul Greenberg, American Catch
Thornyhead, Shortspine and Longspine / Sebastolobus alascanus and Sebastolobus altivelis

Also known as idiot, channel rockfish, fagiano ("pheasant" in Italian), bonehead, channel cod, gurnard, gurnet, hardhead, hooligan, idiotfish, lobe-finned rockfish, roundfin rockfish, scorpion, slim thornhead, spinycheeked rockfish, and thornhead. Thornyhead are particularly interesting because...

Also known as idiot, channel rockfish, fagiano ("pheasant" in Italian), bonehead, channel cod, gurnard, gurnet, hardhead, hooligan, idiotfish, lobe-finned rockfish, roundfin rockfish, scorpion, slim thornhead, spinycheeked rockfish, and thornhead. Thornyhead are particularly interesting because they have adapted to the deep “oxygen minimum” layer of the ocean where most fish cannot thrive. It has a huge head, both long and wide, housing very large gills.

It lives in the North Pacific, some as far south as the Mexican border, but most ranging from Northern California to Canada and from Russia as far south as northern Japan. In addition, thornyheads do not have swim bladders and are fairly hardy, which means unlike many other species that are brought up from the depths, they can be kept alive for live fish markets or released after capture with a much higher survival rate.

Lifespan: 80 to 100 years (shortspine) 45 years (longspine)

Size: Up to 2.5 feet and 25 lbs

Distribution: Found on the ocean floor in low oxygen environments down to 5,000 ft.

How fished: Rod and reel, trawl, longline

Why sustainable: NOAA fisheries did an assessment in 2013 that found thornyhead stocks to be healthy

MBA Seafood Watch Rating: Green

NOAA FishWatch rating: Not rated

Nutrition (per 100g): Calories 82, Total Fat 0.63g, Cholesterol 37mg, Selenium 36.5mcg, Sodium 71mg, Protein 17.9g

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