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Dab, Common

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Dab, Common Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Sand & Sea Dab, Flounder, Sandkoli Iceland Danish Seine

Common Dab, Danish Seine, Iceland

Common dab populations are declining and remain depleted, likely due to fishing pressure. Despite reduced fishing, the species isn't recovering. Consumers should "Avoid" common dab.

Consumer Note

Common dab is marketed in many forms, including raw, dried, salted, smoked and frozen. The majority is sold frozen - a product available year-round, with peaks in May-June and October-November.


Common dab is a bottom-dwelling flatfish related to halibut and plaice. It's found only in the Northeast Atlantic from the Bay of Biscay to Iceland and Murmansk, Russia. It lives on sandy bottoms in shallow waters.

Dab populations are depleted and don't appear to be recovering. Icelandic populations have been in decline since the mid 1990s and overall landings are at the lowest point since the early 1990s.

Consumers should "Avoid" common dab from Iceland.

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