Know Your Fish

BANK ROCKFISH

Scientific Name:  SEBASTES rufus

How it was caught: BOTTOM TRAWL

Port of Landing: MORRO BAY, CA

 

Sustainability

Rockfish are one of the recent success stories for sustainability in US fisheries. Once overfished, populations have since rebounded. Despite a lack of species-specific information on this species and moderate concern surrounding the fishing mortality, the management of the California Groundfish Collective (CDC) fishery's retained and bycatch species is strong because it typically characterized by up-to-date stock assessments, the use of biomass reference points, and associated harvest control rules to determine appropriate harvest levels, 100% at sea observer coverage, and enhanced management measures developed by the fisheries participants.