Sablefish – U.S. Alaska and British Columbia, Canada
Sablefish is a moderately growing, long-lived species that is found in deep waters of the Pacific Ocean, from northern Alaska to Baja California. Sablefish abundance is currently at a medium level.
In Alaska and Canada, Sablefish are caught primarily by longlines and traps/pots, while bottom trawls are used more on the West Coast. The longline and trap/pot gears cause significantly less damage to the seafloor compared to bottom trawls and result in low bycatch.
Management of Sablefish is good overall, with implementation of a quota share system in which fishers own a share of the total allowed catch and are allowed to fish at anytime within the season. The Marine Stewardship Council has certified the U.S. Alaska fishery as sustainable.