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Ranges Kodiak Island to Redondo Beach and San Nicolas Island (Southern CA), typically from at least as far north as BC to Central CA. Today this fish is important in the live-fish market, from BC southward. Recreational anglers catch good numbers from Central CA all the way up to the GOA.
"Live in complex structure, like boulder fields or kelp beds."
Love and Yoklavich, 2006
Sebastes nebulosus is a typical member of the fish assemblage over rock substrata on the midshelf (30-100 m) off Central California and Northern California. It is not listed as a typical member off of Southern California.
Love and Yoklavich, 2006
"A number of species, including black (Sebastes melanops), China (S. nebulosus), quillback (S. maliger), rosethorn (S. helvomaculatus), redbanded (S. babcocki), yelloweye (S. ruberrimus), and yellowtail rockfishes, and wolf-eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus) are relatively abundant in northern and even central California but rare in much of southern California (Reilly et al., 1993; Love et al., 2002; Love, unpubl. data; Yoklavich unpubl. data; Yoklavich et al., 2000)."
Love et al., 2002
"Chinas are found from Kachemak Bay (northern GOA) to Redondo Beach and San Nicolas Island (southern CA). They are abundant from Prince William Sound (AK) to northern CA."|"They are commercially exploited, and most of the commercial and recreational fishery currently occurs from AK to about San Francisco."|" Important in Puget Sound fishery in the nineteenth century."
Palsson et al., 2009
The status of Sebastes nebulosus is listed as Precautionary/Not Present in North and South Puget Sound, respectively.
Pietsch and Orr, 2015
Sebastes nebulosus: "The distinctive and beautiful China rockfish is a sedentary species, preferring rocky reefs and rocky inshore areas along exposed coasts at depths of 9-247 m ... Uncommon in the Salish Sea, there are only a few known localities ... It is listed in Washington State as a species of special concern."
Puget Sound Action Team, 2007
S. nebulosus was one of the "13 species of rockfish added as candidate species to the Washington State Endangered Species List" in Puget Sound.