Rockfish are long-lived fish that inhabit the ocean and bays off the West Coast at depths up to hundreds of feet below the surface. Over 100 species of rockfish exist world wide. These fish became popular with recreational anglers in the 1970s as salmon populations began to decline. Howver, because fisheries managers and anglers didn't fully understand how long-lived these fish are, and how old they need to be to become sexually mature, their populations began plummeting by the beginning of the new millenium. Recreational and commercial fishihg pressure, and legal catch limits, resulted in many populations of rockfish experiencing significant declines. Today, recovery efforts are underway in Oregon, Washington and California to restore rockfish populations to more sustainable, and robust, levels.
To learn more about rockfish recovery in Puget Sound, below is a link to NOAA Fisheries rockfish recovery website. A video on the site provides an overview of the efforts by recreational anglers, researchers, federal and state fisheries managers, and local communities to restore rockfish populations in the Salish Sea, which includes Puget Soud and the Strait of Jaun de Fuca.