Sablefish – U.S. California, Oregon, and Washington
Sablefish is a moderately growing, long-lived species that is found in deep waters of the Pacific Ocean, from northern Alaska to Baja California. Sablefish abundance is currently at a medium level.
Sablefish are primarily caught with bottom trawls in California Oregon, and Washington. The bottom trawls can cause significant damage to the seafloor and may catch some vulnerable species, like depleted rockfish.
Management of Sablefish is good overall, with implementation of a quota share system in which fishers own a share of the total allowed catch and are allowed to fish at anytime within the season. The Marine Stewardship Council recently certified U.S. West Coast Sablefish as sustainable.