Rockfishes and Deep Sea Community

Rockfish are an important fish regularly caught by recreational sportfishermen. Information on rockfish populations within the Southern California Bight is limited due to the lack of studies aimed at tracking population densities and fish size distributions over time. Most of the information available is from intermittent fisheries catch data, which is not ideal for monitoring trends in abundance. Research at the SWFSC aims to quantify and obtain size estimates for rockfish and characterize rockfish habitat by means of sonar or acoustic surveys. 

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Rockfish iconCopper Rockfish

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Copper rockfish can be found from the northern Gulf of Alaska to central Baja California. Off southern California they are mostly found to depths of 90 meters.

Gopher RockfishGopher Rockfish

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Gopher rockfish range from southern Oregon to southern Baja California, and are found in water up to 80 meters deep.

Yellow and BlackBlack & Yellow Rockfish

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Black-and-Yellow rockfish range from southern Oregon to central Baja California, and are found in water up to 37 meters deep.

Last modified: 2/4/2015