Rockfish are caught using longline fishing gear. There are numerous species of rockfish in the Gulf of Alaska, all of which are slow growing, late to mature, and long-lived. They can reach up to 3.5 feet and 39 pounds. Juveniles prefer rocky reefs, kelp canopies and artificial structures such as piers and oil platforms. Adults move into deeper water, typically between 300 to 590 feet, and can be found on rocky bottoms and outcrops. Rockfish are most commonly found from central California northward to the Gulf of Alaska, and are fished in limited quantities in the halibut and sablefish longline fisheries. They have a firm fillet and a delicate flavor well suited to Cajun-style "blackened" rockfish, chowder, or light sauces.