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Flag Rockfish - Sebastes rubrivinctus
Photo by CBNMS-Michael Carver

Flag rockfish are pinkish-white with dark red broad vertical bars along their body. These prominent bars sometimes fade in specimens over 14 inches. The spectacular coloration of this fish is often in stark contrast to the surrounding environment at Cordell Bank. This is a solitary species often tucked into crevases or hiding under boulders. Taken in low numbers compared to other rockfishes, flag rockfish are a valuable commercial species because they demand a high price. Most are caught commercially using hook and line and handled carefully so the fish stay in good condition for the market.

Flag Rockfish
(Sebastes rubrivinctus)

Central California to Baja California

Rocky areas 100-600 feet deep

Broad diet including shrimps, fishes, krill, and small crabs


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

Quick Fact
Although flag rockfish are generally solitary or occasionally found in pairs or groups of three, one oil platform off Central California has been known to attract dozens which congragate under the bottom crossbeam of the rig.

Learn More
- Alaska Fisheries Science Center
- FishBase