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Flounder, Windowpane

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
Flounder 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 Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Flounder, Pacific 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. Sanddab, Sole U.S. Pacific Wild
Flounder, Summer 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 U.S. Atlantic Bottom Trawl
Flounder, Windowpane 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 U.S. Southern New England, U.S. Mid-Atlantic Bottom Trawl
Flounder, Windowpane Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Fluke U.S. Georges Bank, U.S. Gulf of Maine Bottom Trawl
Flounder, Winter 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. Blackback & Georges Bank Flounder, Lemon Sole U.S. Atlantic Wild
Flounder, Witch Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Craig Fluke, Gray Sole U.S. Atlantic Bottom Trawl
Flounder, Yellowtail Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Rusty & Sand Dab, Flounder U.S. Georges Bank, U.S. Gulf of Maine Bottom Trawl, Bottom Gillnet
Flounder, Yellowtail 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. Rusty & Sand Dab, Flounder U.S. Southern New England, U.S. Mid-Atlantic Bottom Trawl


Windowpane Flounder, Bottom Trawl, U.S. Georges Bank & U.S. Gulf of Maine

Windowpane flounder receive an "Avoid" recommendation due to depleted northern stocks and high fishing levels. Consumers are advised to look for windowpane flounder from southern stocks which are healthier and recommended as a "Good Alternative."

Consumer Note

The majority of flatfish in the U.S. market place are caught from the Pacific Ocean; windowpane flounder represent a small proportion of the available flatfish.

Summary

Windowpane flounder stocks in Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine are depleted and are currently fished at too high a level.

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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