Rockfish, Black – U.S. West Coast
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.