Blue Ocean Institute


Species has a combination of problems such as overfishing, high bycatch, and poor management.
Flounder, Witch – US & Canada

Witch Flounder are a species of flatfish found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. They grow slower and live longer than most other flounder species. The overall abundance of Witch Flounder in U.S. and Canadian waters is low, with some populations considered collapsed or overfished.

Bottom trawls are used to catch Witch Flounder, which damages the sea floor and catches other uncommon flatfish species.

Pacific Sole–including Rock Sole, Dover Sole, Petrale Sole and Yellowfin Sole from the U.S. and Canada–are the closest substitute for this perennial favorite seafood. Flatfish all share a sweet yet mild flavor and a delicate texture that is deserves accolades. The Pacific Soles listed above are a near exact trade while larger fish such as Pacific Halibut and Sablefish provide the same cooking qualities and will work with most recipes. When using Pacific Halibut you can slice thick fillets into thinner pieces so as to approximate the same cooking times and textures.

Full species report here.