Olive Rockfish


The Olive Rockfish (Sebastes serranoides),‍ also known as Olivaceous Seaperch, is a member of ⁢the Scorpionfish and ‌Rockfishes‌ family (Scorpaenidae) and genus Sebastes. Not only does ‍its common name ​reflects its predominant​ color, ⁤but it’s also indicative of its hearty resilience and adaptability.

Conservation‍ Status

As of now, the Olive Rockfish has not been assessed for the International Union for Conservation of ‍Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. However, ⁤state and regional ​regulations do play a significant role in maintaining their population levels.


Length Average: 14 inches Range:⁤ 6 to 20 inches
Weight Average: 3 lbs Range: 1 – 6 ‌lbs
Lifespan Average: 15 years


Olive Rockfish are primarily found off the coast of California. They show‍ variable migration patterns, with some individuals displaying significant resident behavior, while others undertake long-range movements.


Evolving in coastal marine conditions, they prefer rocky reef habitats.⁢ Here’s some more specific ⁣information:

  • Water type: ‌marine
  • Depth ‌range:‌ 0 to 180 meters
  • Temperature range: 10-22°C (50-72°F)

When and Where to See

Olive Rockfish are seen most frequently from‌ fall to spring. They are most ⁤active during the daytime, specifically in the early ‍morning and late afternoon.

Best Fishing Locations

The ⁤waters off Monterey ⁤Bay, Stillwater Cove, and the Point Reyes National Seashore are‍ amongst the‌ best places to fish for Olive Rockfish. If these specific locations are not accessible, targeting ⁢rocky inshore areas in mid to southern California will give you‍ a good shot at catching this species.

How to Catch

Live shrimp and squid are the preferred baits, while various brightly colored⁣ lures can also be effective. Most Olive⁤ Rockfish are‌ caught while⁤ bottom fishing or trolling. Morning and late afternoon are their⁢ most active ‍feeding times.

Identification Guide

As its name⁤ suggests, the⁣ Olive Rockfish‌ is typically a sleek​ olive green⁢ fish with black vertical striping. They share similar features with other ​members⁣ of the‍ Sebastes genus, but ​their unique color differentiates them.

Culinary Information

Olive Rockfish has ​a light, mild flavor and​ firm texture. ⁣They can be ⁣grilled, baked, or deep-fried, and are⁢ often used in soups, sushi, and fish ⁢tacos. ⁣According to the Seafood Watch ​program, they are a nutritious seafood choice, being a good source of protein and ⁢Omega-3 fatty acids.

Additional Information

Fascinatingly, Olive Rockfish are viviparous, giving birth to live young.‍ Predators ⁤include larger fish and marine mammals like sea‌ otters. As for human-induced threats, overfishing has been a concern in the past, leading to underscore the importance of‌ fishing ‍regulations.

References and Further⁤ Reading

For more information on Olive Rockfish, consider taking a ​look at the ⁢following sources:

  • FishBase
  • California⁣ Sea Grant Rockfish⁣ Resource⁣ Guide
  • Monterey ‍Bay⁣ Aquarium

Please​ note that local ​fishing⁢ regulations should ‍always be followed, and responsible fishing practices observed, to ensure the continued survival and ‍health of these fish species