Yellowtail Rockfish can be found in the Northeast Pacific, from Southern California to Alaska. It is regularly found over deep reefs from the surface to depths of 1,800 feet.
NOAA Fisheries and Pacific Fishery Management Council manage the U.S. West Coast yellowtail rockfish fishery under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. In addition to yellowtail rockfish, the FMP covers over 90 different species including other rockfish and flatfish.
In Alaska, NOAA Fisheries and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council manage yellowtail rockfish under the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.