The Safina Center

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

Species has a combination of problems such as overfishing, high bycatch, and poor management.
Rockfish – Alaska and British Columbia, Bottom Trawl These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

There are over 70 species of Rockfish found along the U.S. and Canadian Pacific coasts, and many are important in commercial and recreational fisheries. Most Rockfish are long-lived, late to mature, and slow growing, which makes them especially vulnerable to fishing pressure.

Some Rockfish species are overfished and the status of many others is unknown because of a lack of available information. Recovery plans introduced since the late 1990s are slowly helping vulnerable Rockfish populations increase, but full recovery for the most depleted and slow-growing species is not expected for many decades.

Most Rockfish caught with destructive bottom trawls in Alaska and British Colubmia are rated red. However, these ratings are currently being updated.

Full species report here.

This fish 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.