Listen to CCIRA’s Science Coordinator, Alejandro Frid, discuss the results of our newest rockfish research paper during this radio interview.
The paper, written by our fisheries coordinator, Madeleine McGreer, together with Alejandro, shows that recent declines in the size and age of rockfishes in our territories are rapid, strong, and appear to be ongoing.
Our Nations rely on these species for food and cultural sustenance, yet they are at historical low levels of abundance.
Rockfish are long-lived species (Yelloweye rockfish can live for 120 years). Since older, bigger rockfish produce more young than smaller, younger fish, Alejandro suggests that managers should strive to restore old and large fish to aid the recovery of central coast rockfish populations.