China Rockfish


The China Rockfish, scientifically named Sebastes nebulosus,⁣ is a member of the ⁣Scorpaenidae ⁣family. ‍This​ species is known for its striking black, blue,‍ and yellow coloration.

Conservation Status

The China Rockfish is currently⁣ classified as Least Concern (LC) according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature ⁢(IUCN). This ‍status ⁢indicates​ that ‍there are no significant threats to this fish’s ⁣population at present ⁢and no ‌specialized conservation efforts ⁣are underway.


Attribute Average Range
Length 14 inches 8-18⁤ inches
Weight 1 lb 0.5-2‌ lb
Lifespan Up to 79 years


The ‍China Rockfish is distributed along the Pacific Ocean’s coasts, stretching ‌from‍ Southern California northward to the ⁢Gulf of Alaska. These fish do not⁣ migrate and ‍tend to stay within a small home range.


China Rockfish ​are ⁣found in marine environments. They prefer a ⁣depth range of 3 to ⁣90 meters in‍ waters with temperatures ranging from 3 to 15 ‌degrees Celsius.

When and Where to ‍See

Seasonal Patterns

China Rockfish can be spotted year-round given their⁢ non-migratory nature.

Time of ⁢Day

Being primarily nocturnal, these fish tend to be more⁢ active and visible after dusk.

Best Fishing Locations

  1. Monterey Bay,⁢ California
  2. Sitka, Alaska
  3. Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  4. Hood Canal, Washington
  5. Cape‌ Flattery, Washington

General Tips

Look for rocky outcrops and crevices ⁢in ⁤the depths⁢ where this species likes to reside. Being nocturnal, ‌fishing ​set up ‍during dusk can increase chances of capturing them.

How to⁢ Catch

Preferred Bait or Lures

Fishermen often​ use a variety of baits to catch China Rockfish,‍ with shrimp and squid being‌ common⁢ options.

Fishing Techniques

Bottom fishing ​proves to be ‌the⁢ best ​bet given the depth at which⁤ these fish⁣ are found. Night fishing can⁢ also be effective‍ given their nocturnal habits.

Identification⁤ Guide

The⁣ China ⁣Rockfish can be identified by its dark blue-black body with distinctive yellow stripes and small, evenly spaced dark dots over a yellow‌ base.


How‍ to‍ Cook

The flesh of the China Rockfish⁢ is prized for its firm ​and flavorful nature. It can be grilled, broiled, pan-fried, or used in​ soups and stews.

Taste ‌Profile

This fish has a rich, sweet flavor with a​ fine, flaky texture.

Nutritional Information

China ⁢Rockfish are low in fat and high in protein. They also ⁢provide a good source of Vitamins D and E, ⁢and minerals like selenium and iodine.

Additional Information


China Rockfish are loners by nature and tend​ to ⁣stake ‌out particular locations as their ⁤territory. ⁤They feed on a​ variety ⁣of creatures including ‌crabs, shrimps, and ‌small ⁣fishes.

Predators‌ and Threats

Larger fish and sea otters are known predators of the ⁢China Rockfish. Human activities, such as overfishing and habitat destruction, pose threats to this species.

Cultural/ Historical Significance

In Native American folklore, Rockfish⁣ are​ considered symbols of abundance and healing.

References and Further Reading

More information can be obtained from the ⁤following sources:

  • FishBase
  • IUCN Red List