Creature Feature: Lingcod

Two color variations of lingcod. The green variation sometimes has turquoise colored flesh, though biologists have yet to determine the cause. The blue-green tint disappears during cooking, and the fish tastes the same regardless of coloration.
Two color variations of lingcod. The green variation sometimes has turquoise colored flesh, though biologists have yet to determine the cause. The blue-green tint disappears during cooking, and the fish tastes the same regardless of coloration.

Lingcod may be found statewide off California. This fish lives at or near the bottom, in a wide range of habitats including rocky areas and kelp beds, especially where there is strong tidal movement. They occur most abundantly in water shallower than 350 ft., but will often go into deeper water and have been caught as deep as 2,700 ft. off southern California. Continue reading

Creature Feature: Striped Bass

striped bass

Striped bass were introduced to California in 1879, when 132 small fish from the Navesink River in New Jersey were released into San Francisco Bay near Martinez. In 1882, three hundred more fish were released into lower Suisun Bay. By 1892 a flourishing commercial fishery had developed, which was closed in 1935 in an effort to build a robust sport fishery. Continue reading

Creature Feature: Red Rock Crab

rock crabNote: In November, 2015 the recreational and commercial rock crab fisheries were closed due to high levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring biotoxin, in crab viscera and meat. For the latest information about harmful algal blooms and any crab season closures, visit the CDFW website.

The red rock crab may be found statewide in shallow coastal areas and in bays, on rocky or reef-type habitat.  They  range from the intertidal zone to depths of 300 ft. or more. Continue reading