By Chad King (SIMoN / MBNMS) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Chad King (SIMoN / MBNMS) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Copper Rockfish

Alternative Names: Copper sea perch

Monterey Bay Recommendation: Copper rockfish caught in British Columbia, Canada, with bottom longlines and in the province's "outside" fishery with jigs or trolls is on the "Avoid" list. The status of copper rockfish, as well as other highly vulnerable species caught in these fisheries, is unknown.

Uses in Cooking: These fish are highly regarded and used in preparations that highlight their buttery, subtle flavor. They can be baked, broiled, sauteed, or fried. They do not stand up well to grilling when cooked without skin.

Similar Fish: Ocean perch, red snapper, croaker

Description: This fish is generally small, with firm flesh and small dense flakes. They have a mild but pleasing flavor, with low oil.

Fun Facts: Copper rockfish give birth to live young after a lengthy gestation period of around 10 months.