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More rockfish on your plate? West Coast species make a come back




A fishing boat makes its way through the harbor near pier 45 April 11, 2008 in San Francisco, California.
A fishing boat makes its way through the harbor near pier 45 April 11, 2008 in San Francisco, California.
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More than 20 different kinds of West Coast fish, known as groundfish, have just been declared a "good alternative" or "best choice" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch. That's a guide for consumers and chefs that takes into account the health and sustainability of fish.

The news comes earlier than expected and is due to better fishing practices and education, said Sheila Bowman, manager of culinary and strategic initiatives at Seafood Watch.

"It's a pretty exciting success story for things like rockfish, which sometimes gets sold as a Pacific red snapper," Bowman said.

Find the full list of recommended fish here.

Highlights from Seafood Watch's September 2014 updates: