5-Year Review for Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus), canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger), and bocaccio (Sebastes paucispinis) of the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin
Summary and Evaluation
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiated a 5-year review of Puget Sound/Georgia Basin DPSs of yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish, and bocaccio (listed rockfish) in February 2015. NMFS solicited information from the public through a Federal Register (FR) Notice (80 Fed. Reg. 6695, February 6, 2015). To complete the review, we collected, evaluated, and incorporated all information on the species that has become available since April 2010, the date of the listing, including the 2014 final critical habitat designation. Thus, the review is based upon the best scientific and commercial data available. We include relevant recent research on rockfish from within the range of the DPSs, along the Pacific coast, and on other species of rockfish with similar life history (i.e., quillback rockfish, Sebastes maliger) as these findings provide insight on listed rockfish condition and threats and inform their status within the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin.