SWFSC Research on Vermilion Rockfish is Front Page News

The October 16, 2008, San Diego Union-Tribune carried a front-page article in the Quest science section on the recent discovery by Dr. John Hyde and the Fisheries Resources Division genetics group that vermilion rockfish is really two species, a shallow and a deep living form.  The shallow form is the "true" vermilon and the newly named senset rockfish, Sebastes crocotulus, is the deeper living form. The article "New species makes rockfish twice as hard to protect" highlights the difficulty of protecting this cryptic species using depth-based fishery regulations.  This work was funded by and carried out at Southwest Fisheries Science Center as a part of Dr. Hyde's Ph.D. thesis work at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.