In 2020, we updated our mobeil app MyCatch to include Rockfish Conservation Area maps so anglers could easily see if they were in an RCA using their GPS. We also added instructions for how to release rockfish using descending devices, and an ID chart for the 30+ species of Rockfish on BC's coast.
Photo Credits: Tristan Blaine/CCIRA
About Rockfish Revival
Enhancing rockfish recovery through citizen science, outreach and field experiments. There are four main objectives for the project.
Improving angler awareness about the project
Generating research data for rockfish from anglers
Studying how effective descending devices are in rockfish recovery
Analysing the effect on rockfish communication after release.
New Rules and New Tools when catching Rockfish in BC
There are new rules for rockfish in BC.
Any rockfish that are not being kept, must be immediately released to the water and descending to a similar depth at which they were caught.
This means you need to carry a descending device on your boat.
What tools do I need?
Attaches to the jaw and releases the fish from a manually-triggered clamp at the chosen depth.
Attaches to the jaw and automatically releases when a depth setting on the device is reached.
Attaches to the jaw and when the correct depth is reached and the line is tugged, a recovered rockfish will swim away.