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Rockfish is a broad name for over 70 varieties of fish which are sometimes referred to as Pacific Snapper. Rockfish are a lean fish and have a mild, sweet flavor with a nutty accent.  The flesh has a medium-firm texture with medium sized flakes.

Typical Cooking Methods

  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Deep-Fry
  • Grill
  • Poach
  • Saute
  • Smoke
  • Steam
  • Sushi

Alternate Names

Pacific Ocean Perch, Pacific Snapper, Rock Cod, Black Bass, Widow Rockfish, Canary Rockfish, Chilipepper Rockfish, Vermilion Rockfish, Boccacio Rockfish, Yellowtail Rockfish, Copper Rockfish, Quillback Rockfish. Yelloweye Rockfish, Thornyhead Rockfish.

Rockfish Description (Sebastes …)

There are over 70 varieties of Rockfish.  Their skin color ranges from black to green to red, with the brighter colored fish coming from the deepest waters.  Some are mostly a solid color while others have stripes or splotches. Rockfish average between 2-5 Lbs but can get as big as 40 Lbs. They have a long life span, reaching ages up to 200 years old. Rockfish are part of the Scorpaenidae family (think scorpian), and as such they have mildly venomous spines which can cause pain, irritation, and infection.

Although some Rockfish are commercially targeted, most are a bycatch. As a species, they are a very slow growing fish and are thus susceptible to overfishing. The most common commercially sold Rockfish include: Canary, Chilipepper, Pacific Perch, Thornyhead, Vermillion, Yelloweye and Widow.

Fresh Rockfish Availability

Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh. Rockfish is a by-catch fish and so has inconsistent availability.

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Rockfish Butchering Yield Percentage

Item To Skin/On Fillets To Skin/Off Fillets Notes
Whole Head/On gutted 49% 40%  
Whole Head/Off gutted 86% 70%  
Skin/On Fillets 82% If you have additional yield info on this fish please leave a comment below.
For detailed butchering yield % and recovery see Rockfish Yield Percentage
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.

 

Range & Habitat

Rockfish natural Range & LocationAquaMaps     Data sources: GBIF

There are over 70 varieties of Rockfish.  The North American species range is shown here.  Some are found only in small regions within this large area. They inhabit a range of depths from the intertidal zone to 9,800 feet deep.

In general, there are very few USA East Coast Rockfish species.  Most of the North American species inhabit the Pacific Ocean from Japan north through the Berring Sea and Aleutian Islands and south to Baja, California.

Typical Wholesale Products

Live, Whole, H&G, Fillets

Rockfish Sustainability Info

Name Alternate Names Catch Method Catch
Region
Seafood
Watch
Ocean
Wise
Sea
Choice
Mercury
Concerns
Aurora Rockfish Rock Cod, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Ocean Perch Wild – Hook & Line, Jig, Midwater Trawl US – Alaska     Yellow-icon_20.png   
Wild – Bottom Trawl US – Alaska     Red-Dot_20.png   
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl US – WA, OR, CA
Canada
    Red-Dot_20.png   
Black Rockfish
Sebastes melanops
Black Snapper, Black Bass, Black Rock Cod, Sea Bass Wild – Hook & Line, Jig, Midwater Trawl US – WA, OR, CA     Green-icon_20.png Moderate    
Wild – Hook & Line, Jig US – Alaska     Green-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Midwater Trawl US – Alaska     Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl US – WA, OR, CA
Canada – outside Juan de Fuca Strait
    Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Trawl Canada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait     Red-Dot_20.png
Bocaccio Rockfish, Sebastes paucispinis Rock Cod, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Ocean Perch Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Midwater Trawl US – Alaska     Yellow-icon_20.png  Moderate  
Wild – Bottom Trawl US – Alaska     Red-Dot_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Midwater Trawl US – WA, OR, CA
Canada
    Red-Dot_20.png
Brown Rockfish
Sebastes auriculatus
Pacific Ocean Perch, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Rock Cod, Sea Bass Wild – Hook & Line, Jig US – Alaska     Green-icon_20.png  Moderate    
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Midwater Trawl US – Alaska     Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl US – WA, OR, CA
Canada – outside Juan de Fuca Strait
    Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl Canada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait     Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Trawl Canada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait     Red-Dot_20.png
Canary Rockfish, Sebastes pinniger Rock Cod, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Ocean Perch Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl US – Alaska     Yellow-icon_20.png Moderate
  
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl US – WA, OR, CA
Canada
    Red-Dot_20.png
Wild – Bottom Trawl US – Alaska     Red-Dot_20.png
China Rockfish
Sebastes nebulosus
Rock Cod, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Ocean Perch Wild – Hook & Line, Jig US – Alaska     Green-icon_20.png Moderate
    
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl US – WA, OR, CA
Canada – outside Juan de Fuca Strait
    Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Midwater Trawl US – Alaska     Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl Canada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait     Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Trawl Canada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait     Red-Dot_20.png
Copper Rockfish, Sebastes caurinus

Rock Cod, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Ocean Perch Wild – Hook & Line, Jig US – Alaska     Green-icon_20.png Moderate
   
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl US – WA, OR, CA, AK
Canada – outside Juan de Fuca Strait
    Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl Canada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait     Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Trawl Canada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait     Red-Dot_20.png
Darkblotched Rockfish, Sebastes crameri   Wild – Bottom Longline, Hook & Line, Jig, Midwater Trawl US – Alaska     Yellow-icon_20.png  
Wild – Bottom Trawl US – Alaska     Red-Dot_20.png  
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl US – WA, OR, CA
Canada
    Red-Dot_20.png  
Rougheye Rockfish
Sebastes aleutianus
Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Perch, Rock Cod Wild – Bottom Longline US –  WA, OR, CA Yellow-icon_20.png   Green-icon_20.png  
Wild – Botton Trawl US – WA, OR, CA, AK Yellow-icon_20.png   Yellow-icon_20.png  
Wild – Longline, Jig, Troll Canada – BC Red-Dot_20.png   Red-Dot_20.png  
Vermillion Rockfish Pacific Perch, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Rock Cod Wild – Longline, Bottom Longline, Jig, Midwater Trawl US – Alaska     Yellow-icon_20.png  
Wild – Bottom Trawl     Red-Dot_20.png  
Wild – Longline, Bottom Longline, Midwater Trawl, Bottom Trawl Canada, US – WA, OR, CA     Red-Dot_20.png  
Widow Rockfish   Wild – Trawl US – WA, OR, CA     Green-icon_20.png>  
Canada – BC     Red-Dot_20.png  
Yelloweye Rockfish
  Wild – Longline, Jig, Troll  Canada – BC (inside)     Yellow-icon_20.png  
Canada – BC (outside)     Red-Dot_20.png  
Calico Rockfish, Sebastes dalli
Gopher Rockfish, Sebastes carnatus
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl US – CA     Yellow-icon_20.png  
Bank Rockfish, Sebastes rufus
Blackgill Rockfish, Sebastes melanostomus
Chilipepper Rockfish, Sebastes goodei
Cowcod Rockfish, Sebastes levis
Flag Rockfish, Sebastes rubrivinctus

Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater Trawl US – WA, OR, CA
Canada
    Red-Dot_20.png  
Disclaimer: The sustainability info above is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, each program randomly updates their information without our knowledge. We therefore recommend that you verify the current accuracy of this information.

 Green-icon_20.png = Best Choice/Recommended     Yellow-icon_20.png = Good Alternative     Red-Dot_20.png = Avoid/Not Recommended

 

Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.

* Calories/Calories from fat 161
* Protein grams  32.2
* Fat grams  2.7
* Saturated fat grams  .7
* Sodium milligrams  103
* Cholesterol milligrams  60
* Omega-3 grams  .7
more Rockfish nutrition info

 

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