California Department of Fish and Wildlife

List of Federally Managed Groundfish Species

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Sharks

  • leopard shark, Triakis semifasciata
  • soupfin shark, Galeorhinus zyopterus
  • spiny dogfish, Squalus acanthias

Skates

  • big skate, Raja binoculata
  • California skate, R. inornata
  • longnose skate, R. rhina

Ratfish

  • ratfish, Hydrolagus colliei

Morids

  • finescale codling, Antimora microlepis

Grenadiers

  • Pacific rattail, Coryphaenoides acrolepis

Roundfish

  • cabezon, Scorpaenichthys marmoratus
  • kelp greenling, Hexagrammos decagrammus
  • lingcod, Ophiodon elongatus
  • Pacific cod, Gadus macrocephalus
  • Pacific whiting, Merluccius productus
  • sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria

Rockfish Complex

All genera and species of the family Scorpaenidae that occur off Washington, Oregon, and California are included, even if not listed below. The Scorpaenidae genera are Sebastes (the rockfish), Scorpaena, Scorpaenodes (the scorpionfish), and Sebastolobus (the thornyheads).

Rockfish

  • aurora rockfish, Sebastes aurora
  • bank rockfish, S. rufus
  • black rockfish, S. melanops
  • black and yellow rockfish, S. chrysomelas
  • blackgill rockfish, S. melanostomus
  • blue rockfish, S. mystinus
  • bocaccio, S. paucispinis
  • bronzespotted rockfish, S. gilli
  • brown rockfish, S. auriculatus
  • calico rockfish, S. dalli
  • canary rockfish, S. pinniger
  • chilipepper, S. goodei
  • China rockfish, S. nebulosus
  • copper rockfish, S. caurinus
  • cowcod, S. levis
  • darkblotched rockfish, S. crameri
  • dusky rockfish, S. ciliatus
  • flag rockfish, S. rubrivinctus
  • gopher rockfish, S. carnatus
  • grass rockfish, S. rastrelliger
  • greenblotched rockfish, S. rosenblatti
  • greenspotted rockfish, S. chlorostictus
  • greenstriped rockfish, S. elongatus
  • harlequin rockfish, S. variegatus
  • honeycomb rockfish, S. umbrosus
  • kelp rockfish, S. atrovirens
  • Mexican rockfish, S. macdonaldi
  • olive rockfish, S. serranoides
  • Pacific ocean perch, S. alutus
  • pink rockfish, S. eos
  • quillback rockfish, S. maliger
  • redbanded rockfish, S. babcocki
  • redstripe rockfish, S. proriger
  • rosethorn rockfish, S. helvomaculatus
  • rosy rockfish, S. rosaceus
  • rougheye rockfish, S. aleutianus
  • sharpchin rockfish, S. zacentrus
  • shortbelly rockfish, S. jordani
  • shortraker rockfish, S. borealis
  • silvergray rockfish, S. brevispinis
  • speckled rockfish, S. ovalis
  • splitnose rockfish, S. diploproa
  • squarespot rockfish, S. hopkinsi
  • starry rockfish, S. constellatus
  • stripetail rockfish, S. saxicola
  • tiger rockfish, S. nigrocinctus
  • treefish, S. serriceps
  • vermilion rockfish, S. miniatus
  • widow rockfish, S. entomelas
  • yelloweye rockfish, S. ruberrimus
  • yellowmouth rockfish, S. reedi
  • yellowtail rockfish, S. flavidus

Scorpionfish

  • California scorpionfish, Scorpaena guttata

Thornyheads

  • longspine thornyhead, Sebastolobus altivelis
  • shortspine thornyhead, Sebastolobus alascanus

Flatfish

  • arrowtooth flounder (arrowtooth turbot), Atheresthes stomias
  • butter sole, Isopsetta isolepis
  • curlfin sole, Pleuronichthys decurrens
  • Dover sole, Microstomus pacificus
  • English sole, Parophrys vetulus
  • flathead sole, Hippoglossoides elassodon
  • Pacific sanddab, Citharichthys sordidus
  • petrale sole, Eopsetta jordani
  • rex sole, Glyptocephalus zachirus
  • rock sole, Lepidopsetta bilineata
  • sand sole, Psettichthys melanostictus
  • starry flounder, Platichthys stellatus

Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) is managed by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). CDFW supports all rules and regulations adopted by the IPHC.