Sharpchin rockfish (Sebastes zacentrus) mostly occur over soft bottoms preferring mud bottom but will associate with boulder and cobble fields on the continental shelf.  They occur from 80 to 1500 feet with the greatest number occurring at depths from 328 to 1200 feet.  The color of the sharpchin rockfish varies from pink to yellow pink fading to pinkish sides and lighter color ventrally along the bottom.  There are 5 to 6 vague dark markings on the back and a v–shaped dusky marking from the eye to the gill cover.  The second anal fin spine is longer than the third.  They attain a maximum growth of 15 inches living up to 45 years of age. 

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