Perch, Pacific Sebastes alutus Rockfish, Pacific Red Snapper, POP
The Ocean Perch are deepwater rockfish with brightly
colored red, pink or orange skin and a sharp gill and dorsal fin. The
Pacific Perch is a lean and medium firm fleshed fish that has a fine flake
when cooked. Its taste, when the fat line is removed is delicate,
sweet and nutty. found from the Bering Sea to Southern California
the Pacific Perch is available year-round. Approximately 70 ocean perch
species, 50 of them found on the West Coast, have been identified and
approved by the FDA on its fish list. California allows several
species of red skinned Pacific Perch or Rockfish to be marketed as red
snapper, Pacific red snapper even though there is no relation to the
prized American Red Snapper (Lutjjanus campechanus) of the Gulf of
Mexico. Pacific Perch/Rockfish cannot be legally called snappers when sold
in interstate commerce.
Fillets are often sold with the skin on as they hold together better. The skin color is an indication of quality, if the skin has faded to a yellow-orange the fish is not fresh. The Pacific Perch is a member of the Scorpaenidae or Scorpion Fish family. Even though the dorsal fin does not contain toxin in the concentration of the Scorpion fish if pricked on the hand it will cause a burning sensation and swelling.