The Pacific ocean perch (POP) is the most abundant of the Pacific rockfishes. The species is common from the Gulf of Alaska to northern California.
Pacific ocean perch are found along the continental shelf and beyond, preferring rocky areas, deepwater reefs, and other structure. Pacific ocean perch are caught using bottom trawls, pelagic trawls, and other gear.
Important U.S. Pacific ocean perch fisheries are located in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. The Alaska Pacific ocean perch fishery is managed by the NOAA Fisheries and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Fisheries off the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts are managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Management Plan.
A Canadian fishery occurs along British Columbia. In Canada, the Pacific ocean perch fishery is managed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.