The Safina Center

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

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Sole, Petrale – U.S. West Coast 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.

Petrale Sole are a commercially important Pacific groundfish species. Petrale Sole grow at a moderate rate and can live for over 30 years.

Petrale Sole are no longer considered depleted, and are rebuilding toward the target abundance level. Management of this species is fairly responsible, highlighted by recent measures adopted to restore the health of the fishery and prevent bycatch.

Petrale Sole are caught by bottom trawling, which can be environmentally destructive; however, the sandy and muddy habitat where Petrale Sole are found is less susceptible to long-term damage than other seafloor habitats. Also, there are a number of spatial restrictions in place that limit the use of bottom trawl gear and help mitigate overall habitat impacts.

Full species report here.