Bocaccio (Sebastes paucispinis) translates to mean “magnificent few spines”.  Bocaccio are commonly known a salmon grouper or red snapper.  They are found suspended in large schools over the continental shelf at midwater depths that vary from 150 feet to 1000 feet but most often at depths between 328 and 492 feet.  Bocaccio associate with canyon ridges, rock walls or drop-offs with high vertical relief and over sand–mud bottoms.  Bocaccio are a long lived species living up 60 years of age and grow to an impressive size of 36 inches and weighing up to 20 pounds.  The color of bocaccio varies from olive orange to burnt orange to brown with the color of the lateral line varying from creamy to pink brown.  The lower jaw is long strongly projecting past the upper jaw characterized by a wide symphyseal knob.  The anal spines are small. 

  Bocaccio are part of the continental shelf rockfish assemblage which includes Pacific Ocean perch, bocaccio, chilipepper, and canary, silvergray, black and widow rockfish.  The assemblage is based on research trawl surveys conducted by the National Fisheries Service from Cape Flattery to Cape Blanco, and is characterized by a canary–yellowtail–silvergray assemblage at a depth of 300 to 600 feet.  Bocaccio feed mostly at night on forage fish.

Bocaccio rockfish:

Date.......Depth.From.........................T0.........................................................Date.....Depth...From.........................To..............................

07/25/83   216   4206.7     12424.1     4208.3     12425.1*

07/26/83   659   4217.5     12437.5     4218.7     12438.6*

07/26/83   240   4218.2     12428.4     4219.7     12429.1*

07/26/83   450   4218.7     12433.8     4217.3     12433.2*

07/25/83   449   4223.5     12441.7     4222.5     12440.3*

07/28/83   685   4252.7     12447.2     4254.0     12448.1*

07/27/83   426   4253.5     12442.6     4255.0     12442.4*

07/27/83   725   4254.9     12453.5     4256.4     12453.3*

07/29/83   515   4303.2     12441.6     4304.4     12441.9

08/05/86   551   4304.1     12441.0     4304.9     12442.5*

07/29/83   639   4304.2     12451.1     4305.4     12450.3**

07/29/83   672   4304.6     12447.0     4302.4     12448.0*

08/07/86   688   4305.0     12449.5     4304.8     12447.6*

08/07/86   508   4308.1     12438.9     4309.6     12438.5*

08/07/86   318   4315.1     12434.6     4316.2     12433.7*

08/01/83   580   4317.3     12440.3     4315.7     12441.2**

08/01/83   665   4323.6     12439.2     4324.7     12438.4*

08/01/83   439   4324.5     12433.5     4325.9     12433.4

08/02/83   472   4328.5     12433.1     4329.7     12431.9*

08/02/83   659   4328.7     12436.3     4330.0     12435.2*

08/08/86   587   4331.9     12432.5     4333.4     12432.6*

08/02/83   672   4333.9     12434.2     4335.4     12434.1*

08/03/83   629   4340.0     12433.1     4338.2     12433.0*

08/03/83   570   4341.5     12431.6     4343.0     12431.7*

08/09/86   311   4342.8     12417.1     4344.2     12417.8*

07/05/98   577   4343.60   12432.38   4345.14   12432.65*

08/03/83   629   4345.9     12433.5     4347.4     12433.4*

08/09/86   449   4346.6     12430.2     4348.0     12430.2**

08/04/83   426   4350.4     12429.3     4351.7     12428.9*

08/08/86   442   4351.7     12429.3     4352.9     12429.1*

08/04/83   636   4351.7     12434.2     4350.0     12434.1*

08/09/83   557   4355.1     12448.4     4356.0     12450.0**

08/09/86   678   4355.1     12450.8     4354.4     12449.0*

08/09/83   541   4353.5     12433.0     4355.0     12433.3*

08/09/83   613   4355.4     12442.8     4355.2     12444.8*

08/09/83   544   4355.7     12444.9     4355.3     12446.7*

08/09/86   492   4356.3     12449.5     4356.2     12451.7*

08/10/83   478   4356.4     12432.6     4357.9     12432.9*

08/10/83   830   4358.7     12457.0     4400.2     12456.6*

08/10/83   403   4359.7     12445.6     4401.3     12446.0*

08/10/86   426   4402.2     12441.6     4402.7     12439.6*

08/10/86   377   4404.6     12444.0     4404.2     12445.0*

08/10/83   648   4405.3     12455.8     4403.8     12455.7*

08/10/86   479   4405.9     12454.4     4404.3     12454.8*

08/12/83   324   4406.6     12448.5     4407.8     12447.3

08/10/86   334   4406.7     12448.3     4405.5     12450.0*

08/17/83   679   4408.6     12456.7     4407.2     12456.4**

08/10/86   360   4409.2     12427.9     4410.5     12428.4*

08/17/83   744   4413.3     12456.6     4414.7     12455.9*

08/19/83   541   4418.2     12449.2     4419.7     12449.0

07/22/95   433   4422.95   12516.21   4424.19   12517.32*

08/17/83   439   4423.6     12443.1     4424.6     12441.5*

08/18/83   724   4440.3     12446.1     4439.5     12446.5

08/19/83   534   4439.6     12433.5     4438.1     12433.9*

08/21/83   397   4451.9     12414.6     4453.3     12414.4

08/21/83   508   4453.8     12422.2     4452.6     12423.4*

08/20/83   432   4458.9     12412.9     4457.5     12414.3**

08/22/83   702   4505.7     12419.6     4504.2     12419.7*

08/22/83   702   4507.8     12419.6     4504.2     12419.7*

08/21/83   665   4539.0     12428.5     4540.7     12428.8*

08/22/83   629   4602.2     12439.7     4600.7     12440.2*

08/25/83   419   4625.0     12428.7     4626.7     12427.8*  

08/25/83   629   4625.2     12432.7     4624.0     12433.6*

08/19/86   364   4628.6     12427.7     4629.9     12426.8*

08/25/83   347   4629.8     12425.4     4628.2     12424.4*

08/26/83  455   4637.0     12432.6     4638.5     12432.8*

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