The Safina Center

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

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Flounder, Yellowtail – U.S. Southern New England and Mid Atlantic A fishery targeting this species has been certified as sustainable and well managed to the Marine Stewardship Council's environmental standard. Learn more at http://www.msc.org.

Yellowtail Flounder is a fast growing flatfish that produces many young and reaches a maximum size of 22 inches and 2 lbs. Yellowtail Flounder occur in the Northwest Atlantic from northern Newfoundland to the lower part of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Yellowtail Flounder populations in southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions are currently at healthy abundances.

Bottom trawls are the primary fishing gear used to catch Yellowtail Flounder. Bottom trawls damage the seafloor and catch other depleted or endangered species, like sea turtles.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.