Copper Rockfish


The Copper Rockfish ⁣(Sebastes ​caurinus) belongs to the family Scorpaenidae, ⁣popularly known as the Scorpionfish family. This species⁢ is well-known for its distinct​ copper-brown⁤ color and distinguished by‌ white bands on the pectoral fins.

Conservation​ Status

The ⁣Copper Rockfish conservation status ​is ‘Vulnerable’‌ under ‍the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. ⁢The species’ population has been impacted by overfishing, habitat destruction, and pollution.‍ Conservation efforts include implementing a stricter catch‍ limit, restrictions on gear types, and the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs) to safeguard their habitats.


Below table summarises the statistics‍ for the Copper Rockfish:

Length (Average/Range) Weight​ (Average/Range) Average Lifespan
35 cm / 15-61 cm 2 kg‍ / 0.5-3 kg 50 years


The Copper Rockfish ⁣is widely distributed in the northeast Pacific, from Alaska to northern Baja California. They do not ⁢have significant migration patterns.


The Copper Rockfish​ is a marine‌ species, inhabiting rocky areas and ⁣kelp forests between 10-183m in depth. The water temperature range for these fishes is approximately 4-15°C.

When ⁢and Where to See

Copper Rockfish are generally spotted when diving, especially during ‍the summer months. They are usually seen during the daytime near reefs, crevices, and rocks.

Best Fishing Locations

Copper⁢ Rockfish are ‌commonly found in coastal regions with rocky ‍substrates, especially ​in areas such ⁣as:

  1. Craig, Alaska
  2. Neah Bay, ⁣Washington
  3. Oregon Coast
  4. Monterey Bay, California
  5. Channel Islands National‍ Park, California

How to Catch

Popular ​baits used to ‍catch Copper Rockfish include herring, shrimp, and squid. It can also ⁣be caught using jigs‍ and soft plastic lures. Bottom fishing is​ the best technique ⁤for catching Copper‍ Rockfish. The best time to catch⁤ Copper Rockfish⁢ is⁢ during‍ the ⁣summer and fall.

Identification Guide

The Copper​ Rockfish can be identified by‌ its copper-brown color, white irregular​ stripes ⁣along the sides, and ​two white bands present on the upper part ⁤of the ⁢pectoral fin. They have a heavy body with spines.⁢ Their⁣ physical appearance‍ can closely resemble Quillback Rockfish and the Gopher Rockfish.


The ​Copper⁤ Rockfish is⁤ commonly⁣ used in cooking. Recipes‌ often involve baking, grilling, or pan-frying the fish. ⁢The taste profile ‌is mild, and the meat is white,⁢ firm, ⁣and flaky. Cooking Copper⁢ Rockfish ⁢in an acidic marinade can⁣ help soften the​ flavor.

Additional Information

The Copper ⁤Rockfish diet‍ mainly consists of ​crustaceans, small fish, and⁢ octopus. They are known to have multiple spawnings throughout their lifetime. This ‌species is highly ⁣susceptible to ⁢fishing pressures and habitat destruction. The Copper Rockfish’s​ predators include larger fish species, pacific giant octopuses, and sea ⁣lions.

References ‌and Further Reading

For further reading‍ and sources, kindly refer to the links provided below:

  • FishBase: Copper Rockfish
  • IUCN Red List:‌ Copper ⁤Rockfish
  • ODFW: Copper ⁤Rockfish
  • NOAA Fisheries: Copper Rockfish