Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Plaice, American

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Plaice Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. European Plaice, Plaice, Sand Dab Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Plaice, Alaska Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Hirame U.S., Canadian Pacific Wild
Plaice, American Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Dab, Hirame U.S. Atlantic Bottom Trawl
Plaice, European Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Fluke, Hen Fish, Plaice, Plaice-fluke Iceland Wild


American Plaice, Bottom Trawl, U.S. Atlantic

American plaice caught in the U.S. Atlantic receives a "Good Alternative" recommendation. American plaice stocks are recovering and are fished at a sustainable level. There are some concerns with bycatch as American plaice are caught as part of a mixed species trawl fishery.

Consumer Note

The majority of flatfish in the U.S. market place are caught from the Pacific Ocean; American plaice represent approximately 1% of the available flatfish.

Summary

American plaice stocks are rebuilding and current fishing pressure is appropriate and at an all-time low. This rebuilding is a positive reflection of fisheries management and the continued improvement of fisheries in the U.S. Atlantic.

Flatfish are caught as part of a mixed species fishery. Trawls account for the majority of landings; gillnets are also used. As part of a mixed fishery, there is potential for bycatch of overfished or endangered species and for marine mammals to be caught in gillnets.

American plaice, summer flounder and winter flounder all receive "Good Alternative" recommendations, while Atlantic halibut and witch flounder receive an "Avoid". Windowpane and yellowtail flounders from southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic are a "Good Alternative", however those caught from Georges Bank or the Gulf of Maine should be avoided.


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