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Fish #127 Deepwater Redfish Sebastes mentella ~ Doreen Moore
Textile 38 x 64 cm
Sebastes = venerable or august
Common names - Deepwater Rosefish, Beaked Redfish and Atlantic Ocean Perch
This aptly named fish, which lives much of the time in the deep water in the northern reaches of the North Sea, is a vibrant red colour. Its other common names reflect the rose colouration and the bony protrusion (beak) on its lower jaw. It has bony spines covering its gills and a 14 spiked dorsal fin. Its big eyes are a necessity for living in the deep.
Sabastes Mentella can grow up to 60cm (2feet) in length and live for up to 75 years. It reaches maturity only after 10 - 15 years. This late maturing leads to the possibility of it becoming an endangered species, especially as they only have young every 5 - 12 years. In shrimp fisheries, in Canadian waters, bycatch (incidental harvesting) has occurred in the past but has now been reduced by the introduction of separator gates in trawls. It is currently of least concern status.
Deepwater Redfish are ovoviviparous. Fertilisation of the eggs takes place within the female when mating occurs in autumn. The eggs then hatch and develop into larvae inside the female, who gives live birth in spring. The larvae live in the surface waters up to 30m down. Here the larvae feed on marine plankton and fish eggs until they reach 25mm when they gradually migrate to deeper water.
During the day the adult Deepwater Redfish dwell on the bottom of the sea, but during the night they rise up off the bottom to feed on crustaceans and smaller fish and shrimp. They are in turn the prey of halibut, cod, swordfish and US, being commercially fished in the North Atlantic.
Its range covers all the waters of the North Atlantic over to Canadian waters. They are a common fish north of Orkney and fairly common in the open seas off Norway.
Rest deep down by day,
Rise above at night to feast.
Redfish shoal's commute.
Doreen Moore ( 1939 - ) When I retired in 2000 I had three main goals. The first two being to prove that my primary school sewing teacher and my secondary school art teacher were wrong when they said I was hopeless. I have produced many works of art since retiring and this, my latest, has proved that, with encouragement and opportunity anyone can achieve. My third goal was to travel and my husband and I have done that with a senior gap year tour around the world and in many single trips. You name it and we have been there or near enough.
A textile wall hanging - South Pacific Seascape - comleted in 2008 recorded many of the fishes we saw on our watery exploits and combined all my goals. Whilst snorkelling on the Australian Great Barrier and Ningaloo Reefs, and also in Fijian and Samoan waters we saw many wondrous fish, sea creatures and corals but the Deepwater Redfish of the North Sea is up there with the greatest. It's a pity that the waters are too cold for most people to see at first hand the many beautiful fishes of the North Sea.
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