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, Blackgill – 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.

Past heavy fishing depleted many Rockfish species, but effective management in recent years is helping many species to recover. Off the U.S. West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington), Blackgill Rockfish are moderately abundant.

They are caught with bottom trawls and bottom longlines. Although bottom trawls can be environmentally destructive, there are a number of spatial restrictions in place that limit the use of bottom trawl gear and help mitigate some of these habitat impacts. These fisheries catch some non-target species, but none are of high conservation concern.

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.