The Safina Center

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

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Rockfish, Black – U.S., Handline These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Black Rockfish populations off the coast of California, Washington and Oregon are healthy and abundant. Unlike other species of rockfish, Black Rockfish grow and reproduce fairly quickly – traits that help them withstand fishing pressure.

Black Rockfish are the most common species caught in coastal waters. They are mostly caught by handline methods that do little habitat damage.

Full Seafood Watch 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.