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The Pacific ocean perch (POP) currently dominates the Gulf of Alaska commercial groundfish fishery, having recovered from overfishing in the 1960’s by foreign fleets. As a long-lived and slow-growing rockfish, POP are particularly susceptible to overfishing and when overfished have extended recovery times, as was experienced by POP in the southern part of their range along the U.S. West Coast. Together with NOAA Fisheries collaborators, the Heppell lab investigated features of POP reproductive biology unique to rockfishes that will inform management of this ecologically and commercially important species.
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