Sablefish – U.S. West Coast, Bottom Trawl and Longline
Sablefish is a moderately growing, long-lived species that is found in deep waters of the Pacific Ocean, from northern Alaska to Baja California.
Off the U.S. West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington) Sablefish abundance is currently at a medium level, but is declining. Fishing levels on Sablefish have fluctuated around sustainable levels in recent years.
Sablefish are primarily caught with bottom trawls, but also with bottom longlines and pots. Bottom trawling causes moderate damage to the soft bottom Sablefish habitats, while bottom longlines cause low damage. There are a number of spatial restrictions in place that limit the use of bottom tending gear and help mitigate overall habitat impacts. There are no significant bycatch concerns.