Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Sole

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Sole 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. Dover & Petrale Sole, Flounder, Sanddab, Hirame Pacific Wild
Sole 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. Dover & Petrale Sole, Flounder, Sanddab, Hirame Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild


Flatfish, Wild, Pacific

Pacific flatfish such as sole, flounder and halibut are "Good Alternatives."

A portion of the Alaska plaice, arrowtooth flounder, yellowfin sole, flathead sole, rex sole and rock sole fisheries are certified as sustainable to the standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Consumer Note

Over 13 species of flatfish are regularly caught in the Pacific. Common market names include fluke, flounder, halibut, plaice, sanddab, sole and turbot. Pacific flatfish, like their Atlantic counterparts, are known as hirame when prepared for sushi.

Summary

Although Pacific flatfish populations are not considered to be depleted, there are ongoing concerns about bycatch and habitat impacts from bottom trawling. This method of catch impacts the seafloor, although bottom trawling on sandy or muddy seafloor (where flatfish often live) is less of a concern than trawling over rocky or reef habitats.

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