Not listed by the IUCN. Kelp greenlings are caught as bycatch in hook and line fisheries for live rockfishes, and have achieved their own localized market demand in Asian communities in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Little potential exists for overharvest by sport anglers unless using small tackle, owing to small mouth size. Serious depletion of larger groundfish species could prelude the depletion of greenlings in a localized area, since hook, live market, and line fishery includes landings of greenlings as well as larger groundfishes.
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