What Can I Keep, and How Many? handout (pdf, 2 pages) updated March 11
NEW RULE effective March 11
Anglers may retain one Canary Rockfish as part of the 7-fish marine daily bag limit but are urged to avoid Canary Rockfish (retaining one injured fish if caught incidentally) and to recompress any that are released.Read the news release
Anglers may retain no more than 3 Blue Rockfish per day as part of the 7-fish marine bag limit.
Retention of China, Copper, Quillback and Yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.
Anglers may fish for bottomfish (groundfish) at all depths through March 31, 2015, except Cabezon cannot be retained until July 1, 2015.
Seal Rock (between Newport and Waldport): Caution all vessels - Research mooring
What's a "groundfish"? Oregon's marine waters are home to many different species of groundfish (bottomfish), including lingcod, sablefish, cabezon, rockfishes, greenlings, and many species
of flatfishes, sharks and skates. Pacific halibut is not a groundfish species.
Watch a Yelloweye Rockfish get released using a recompression cage. (3.6 mb) Requires Windows Media Player
In this video, a sport-caught Yelloweye Rockfish is placed in a cage and then lowered to about 70 feet before being released. Note the symptoms at the surface (gut, bloated body, disorientation). Upon descent, the gut retracts, and the fish shows good orientation before swimming strongly downward.
When rockfish are caught in deep water (>100 feet, or 17 fathoms), symptoms seem dire - protruding gut, bloated body and bulging eyes. If recompressed, a fish's immediate symptoms appear to resolve and many fish swim away. Long-term survival for these fish is not known.
This video was made in 2005 during ODFW research to evaluate how rockfish react to recompression.
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