The Safina Center

Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Rockfish, Blackgill – U.S. These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

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 California 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.

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This species may have moderately high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in rockfish. Check out our mercury in seafood section.