rock·fish | \ˈräk-ˌfish \

Definition of rockfish 

: any of various fishes that live among rocks or on rocky bottoms: such as

a : any of a genus (Sebastes) of scorpaenid fishes including many important food fishes

b : striped bass

c : any of several groupers

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The process is used to catch rockfish, but can damage deep sea corals and other sensitive habitat. Deborah Sullivan Brennan,, "Fishery council safeguards 16,000 square miles off California," 10 Apr. 2018 Salmon have been scarce in the Monterey region, and most anglers have switched to sure-thing limit rockfish trips. Tom Stienstra,, "Salmon opener brings mysteries, chance of mayhem," 10 June 2018 The rockfish cacciatore from the entrees section was tender, and the potato chip gremolata added a welcome dimension of crunchy texture. Wesley Case,, "Opening next week, Giada De Laurentiis’ Horseshoe Casino restaurant aims to bring California-meets-Italy cuisine to Baltimore," 16 May 2018 With rockfish populations on the mend, its harvest quotas have been rising. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Conservationists, West Coast bottom fishermen embrace ‘grand bargain’," 16 Apr. 2018 There are exceptions: For a few species, such as certain Pacific rockfish, detailed research has shown that big females produce even more eggs than predicted by their size. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Should ‘superspawners’ stir up fisheries management?," 10 May 2018 Potluck: California Dawn out of Berkeley had 72 striped bass (limits), 47 halibut for 36 people; New Huck Finn out of Emeryville at 62 striped bass (limits), six halibut, 35 rockfish and two lingcod for 31 people. Tom Stienstra,, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 2018 Although abundant today, rockfish was nearly wiped out in the last half of the 20th century, Yeck says. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "After an epic ecological comeback, the local, versatile rockfish has become a restaurant rock star," 27 June 2018 Expectations are very high for easy limits of rockfish and possibly full limits of lingcod for boats like Capt. sacbee, "Fishing line: Sacramento River sees plenty of stripers and shad | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018

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1598, in the meaning defined above

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