200 year old fish caught off Alaska – Fishupdate.com

200 year old fish caught off Alaska Published:  03 July, 2013

A FISH believed to be at least 200 years old has been netted off the coast of Alaska.

If the date is correct, the fish hatched two years before the Battle of Waterloo and around the time Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was being published. Britain was also at war with the United States while the Russian were giving Napoleon a hard time in Berlin.

But back to the present.The 40lb shortraker rockfish was caught over a week ago by deep sea fisherman Henry Leibman from a depth of more than 800 feet.

Orange in colour, abnormally large and with two bulging alien type eyes, it is certainly not the prettiest fish in the sea. Mr Leibman told Alaska’s Daily Sitka Sentinel: “I knew it was abnormally big but didn’t know it was a record until on the way back we looked in the Alaska guide book that was on the boat.”

Mr Liebman also told the newspaper he planned to have the fish mounted back at his home in Seattle, but he has provided the Alaska Department of Fish and Game with a sample so its exact age could be determined.

Troy Tidingco, Sitka area manager for the state Department of Fish and Game, said the fish is still being analysed but he thought it was at least 200 years old. If so, Mr Tidingco said that would beat the current record of 175 years. Apparently Researchers are able to determine the age of a shortraker by the number of growth rings along its ear bone.

In 2007 a shortraker rockfish was caught aged 117 years old which researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association said was still fully fertile at the time of its capture.