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Bottomfish Identification: Rockfish

Darkblotched Rockfish
Sebastes crameri

Commonly caught off the Washington coast by commercial harvesters using otter-trawls and longline gear.  Recreational harvest within Puget Sound has been closed.  See the Sportfishing Regulation Pamphlet.

Description: The darkblotched rockfish is a deep bodied fish.  Under water, adults are white or pink with brown bars. After capture they are pink to orange with 3 to 5 dark bars on their back. The second anal fin spine is shorter than the third and there is a dark blotch on the gill cover.

Maximum Size: To 58 cm (23 in) in length. Females are larger than males.

Maximum Age: At least 105 years old.

Range/Habitat: They range from the southeastern Bering Sea to Santa Catalina Island, California. They are found at water depths between 25 and 904 m (83-2,982 ft), but are most common between 140 and 210 m (462-693 ft).


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