Short and blunt head with small mouth.

Typically oval, squat bodies with spiky or spiny fins.

Often bright and colourful, but varies by species.

There are many different species of Rockfish, with a wide variety of physical characteristics.


Varies by species. Up to 75 cm (30 inches)+


Varies by species. Up to 11 kg (25 lbs)+


Wide range, but most species are in North Pacific. In B.C., they are often found near the shore Georgia Straight and along the coast of Vancouver Island.


Year ‘round. Living near the bottom, heavy weights are needed in deeper waters.


Firm-fleshed and lean, with mild flavour. Crispy pan-frying in oil is popular.


Threatened due to over-fishing. Be sure to know permitted catch limits.

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