Ocean Perch grows to 50 cm in length and is found and fished throughout the North Atlantic. It is particularly vulnerable to fishing pressure because it is a slow growing, long lived, and reproduces at a late age.
Abundance varies slightly between populations in the North Atlantic, but is low overall. Most populations are managed using total allowable catch limits, and in some regions directed fisheries have been prohibited to help rebuild numbers. Ocean Perch are primarily captured with bottom trawls, which cause significant habitat damage and likely result in moderate levels of bycatch.