The Safina Center

Coho salmon.Coho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Flounder, Summer – U.S. Atlantic

Summer flounder inhabit estuarine and coastal waters off the northeast east coast of the US, from the Gulf of Maine to South Carolina.

Summer flounder mature early, produce many eggs and spawn often over the spawning season. The Summer Flounder population was once overfished but has now rebuilt to healthy abundance levels.

In the commercial fishery bottom trawls are commonly used to catch Summer Flounder. Bottom trawls cause moderate to severe damage to bottom habitats and catch some depleted and threatened/endangered species, like sea turtles. Gillnets and pound nets are also used to catch Summer Flounder.

Full species report here. (covers all gear types)
Full Seafood Watch species report here. (covers Summer Flounder bottom trawl fishery)