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Bottomfish Identification: Rockfish

Greenstriped Rockfish
Sebastes elongatus

Occasionally caught incidentally off the Washington coast by commercial harvesters using otter-trawls.  Rarely caught by recreational harvesters off the Washington coast.  Recreational harvest within Puget Sound has been closed.  See the Sportfishing Regulation Pamphlet.

Description: The body of the greenstriped rockfish is slender with a distinctive color pattern.  Underwater they are white to reddish with four very distinct horizontal green stripes.  After capture the entire body often becomes red or orange. They have green streaks on the caudal fin membranes. This species is unlikely to be mistaken for another species.

Maximum Size: To 43 cm (15.6 in) in length. Females are larger than males.

Maximum Age: 54 years old.  

Range/Habitat: Greenstriped rockfish are found from western Chirikof and Montague Islands, Alaska, to Cedros Island, Baja California.  Adults have been found at water depths between 12 and 495 m (40-1,632 ft), but they are most common between 100 and 250 m (330-825 ft).  They occupy a wide range of habitats, from mud to rock.  This is a solitary species that is often found resting on the bottom.


  • Love, M. S., M. Yoklavich, and L. Thorsteinson, 2002. The rockfishes of the northeast Pacific. University of California Press.

Photos: P. Sergeef and E. Wright (ROV)