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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Flounder, Yellowtail A fishery targeting this species has been certified as sustainable and well managed to the Marine Stewardship Council's environmental standard. Learn more at

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.

There are three New England management areas for Yellowtail Flounder, and all three populations are overfished with very low abundance. There are also three management areas in Canadian waters, with at least one population healthy in size.

Bottom trawls are the primary fishing gear Used to catch Yellowtail Flounder, which can substantially impact the seafloor and benthic community (the creatures that live on the seafloor.)

There is a moderate amount of bycatch caught in the various Yellowtail Flounder fisheries. One Yellowtail Flounder fishery on the Grand Banks has earned Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

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