rock·​fish | \ ˈräk-ˌfish How to pronounce rockfish (audio) \

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
c : any of several groupers

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One result was the lack of juvenile anchovies and rockfish, which murres and rhinoceros auklets use to feed their chicks. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Poor Farallon Islands bird breeding season prompts alarm," 2 Sep. 2019 The surface of the three-dimensional fish is made from hundreds of smaller rockfish connected to form the fish body. Erika Butler,, "Havre de Grace to host first Waterfront Festival with public art unveiling, fireworks," 22 Aug. 2019 Communities such as Morro Bay, population 10,600, were hard-hit by the curbs not only on salmon but also on other mainstay species, including crab and rockfish. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "California Is Overflowing With Salmon, Boosting Coastal Towns," 28 June 2019 Hundreds of other Bering Sea and Gulf boats area also targeting cod, flounders, rockfish, and myriad other whitefish. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s commercial salmon season is off to a mixed start," 19 June 2019 These are excellent tides for salmon, halibut, rockfish and lingcod. Tom Stienstra,, "Bay anglers score best catch numbers in a lifetime," 27 June 2019 The stocks removed from the overfished list also include types of gray triggerfish, yelloweye rockfish and Pacific ocean perch. Washington Post, "US says number of overfished fish stocks at all-time low," 17 May 2018 Worth a read An epic comeback: The local, versatile rockfish has been appearing all over Seattle menus lately. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "A tiny-house village for women opens in Seattle, and wildfire season arrives with the nice weather | Wednesday Morning Brief, July 11," 11 July 2018 Outdoor notes Deep sea opener: The season for rockfish and lingcod opens April 15 for the Farallones Islands, the Deep Reef, Cordell Bank and other rocky haunts off the Bay Area coast. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Youngster tops vacation with bass, not cell phone," 8 Apr. 2018

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1598, in the meaning defined above

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