Black Rockfish

Photo Credit: Janna Nichols


  • Species Common Name Black Rockfish
  • Species Scientific Name Sebastes melanops


Special needs

Rocky reefs. Semi-pelagic. Estuaries may be important nursery habitat.

Limiting factors

Periodic recruitment dependent on favorable conditions in a highly variable environment. High vulnerability potential for overfishing based on productivity and susceptibility analysis.

Conservation actions

Protect critical habitat. Manage for sustainable harvest. Gather information to fill data gaps.

Key reference or plan

Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan

Life History Traits