Rockfish, Blackgill – U.S.
Blackgill Rockfish grow slowly, live for many years and reach sexual maturity at a late age. Although Blackgill Rockfish can be found from Mexico to Canada, most live and are caught in southern and central Californian waters, where they are considered to be moderately abundant.
The most common fishing gears used to capture Blackgill Rockfish are bottom longlines and bottom trawls. Bottom longlines result in moderate damage to bottom habitats, while bottom trawls can cause substantial habitat damage. There is a moderate level of bycatch in these fisheries.
Blackgill Rockfish are managed as part of a complex with other rockfish species.