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Monster rockfish caught could be oldest

Ten miles off the coast of southern Alaska, an insurance adjuster from Seattle caught a neon orange rockfish that is probably more than 100 years old.

The fish, a type of rockfish called a shortraker, was caught in 900 feet of water, and weighed in at 39.08 pounds and is just under 41 inches long.

It is the largest rockfish to have been caught by a recreational fisherman in this part of the world and it might be the oldest as well.
Scientists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will determine the age of the fish later this week. So far, the oldest shortraker on record is more than 150 years old.

Shortrakers live along the ocean floor at depths that range from 84 feet to 4,000 feet.

"He just happened to be fishing at a really deep depth. Most recreational fisherman don't fish that deep," said Kristen Green, a ground fish biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Click here for the full report by the Los Angeles Times.