The Safina Center

Coho salmon.Coho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Rockfish, Black – U.S. West Coast These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children. Our source of information is http://seafood.edf.org/.  We also recommend that you check local advisories.

There are over 70 species of Rockfish found along the U.S. West Coast. Most Rockfish are long-lived, late to mature, and slow growing, which makes them especially vulnerable to fishing pressure. However, off the U.S. West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington), Black Rockfish is moderately abundant.

Black Rockfish are caught with handlines in nearshore waters. This gear has a very low impact on bottom ocean habitats. However, this fishery is currently having a negative impact on China Rockfish.

Full species report here.

This fish may have moderately high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in rockfish. Check out our mercury in seafood section.