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Copper Rockfish - Sebastes caurinus
Photo by CBNMS-Michael Carver

Copper rockfish are highly variable in coloration and therefore sometimes have different local names. Young of the year copper rockfish use the canopy of northern California kelpbeds as a nursery during their first year of life. Juvenile copper rockfish settle out of the plankton into nearshore areas in August and September. They are occasionally caught by recreational fishermen at Cordell Bank. Taken in low numbers compared to other rockfishes, copper rockfish are a valuable commercial species because they demand a high price.

Copper Rockfish
(Sebastes caurinus)

Gulf of Alaska to Baja California

Rocky reefs and rock-sand bottoms down to 600 feet

Fish, squid, and crustaceans


The status of this species is representative of the populations within the waters of this Sanctuary only, not global populations.

Quick Fact
Tagging studies have shown that copper rockfish usually stay in the same general area once they have settled to the bottom.

Learn More
- California Department of Fish and Game
- Alaska Fisheries Science Center
- FishBase