Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, where salmon is one of the most closely watched, measured, and regulated fisheries in the world, I’m keenly aware of our U.S. fisheries’ conservation efforts. While I read about how the world’s fishery stocks have been severely depleted, I can take some comfort in knowing that due to these ongoing efforts, there should be a legacy of fishing that my kids will be able to pass on to their children.

The most recent success is the canary rockfish. Recently, NOAA scientists came to the conclusion that this fishery has been rebuilt. The news has come as something of a surprise. Find out why, and discover how this fish is important to West Coast fisheries in this article from the Ocean Conservancy.

Canary RockfishEarlier this week federal managers of West Coast U.S. fish stocks found that canary rockfish is rebuilt. This is great news for fishermen, seafood consumers, and conservationists, as it means a healthy population that puts more fresh seafood on American plates and supports a stronger ocean ecosystem. Canary rockfish is important in its own right as a species, but this finding allows for increased fishing of other fish populations that swim alongside it — canary is common as bycatch, or non-targeted species that also get caught in fishing gear, and increased catch levels will enable greater fishing opportunities of other species.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council, the federal group that co-manages our nation’s fisheries off of Washington, Oregon, and California approved the analysis done by NOAA Fisheries today, starting what will most likely be a revision of catch limits, and an official update to the “Status of Stocks,” NOAA Fisheries’ official score-keeping tabulation of stocks nationally.

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Photos: NOAA (top); Elasmo Diver (above)