The Safina Center

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

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Sablefish – Alaska 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.
These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children. Our source of information is http://seafood.edf.org/.  We also recommend that you check local advisories.

Sablefish is a moderately growing, long-lived species that is found in deep waters of the Pacific Ocean, from northern Alaska to Baja California.

In Alaska, Sablefish are caught primarily by longlines and traps/pots. The longline and trap/pot gears cause low damage to the seafloor and result in low bycatch.

Sablefish abundance is at a healthy level and fishing levels are sustainable. 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.

Full species report here.

This species may have moderately high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in Sablefish. Check out our mercury in seafood section.