Rockfish – U.S. and Canadian Pacific, Bottom Trawl
There are over 60 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 are rated red.
The Marine Stewardship Council recently certified four U.S. West Coast Rockfish species as sustainable - Chilipepper, Splitnose, Widow & Yellowtail Rockfish. These species are excluded from this red rating.