The Safina Center

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

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

Petrale Sole are a commercially important Pacific groundfish species targeted by U.S. trawl vessels. Petrale Sole grow at a moderate rate and can live for over 30 years.

They are currently at low abundance but there is a rebuilding plan that has set low catch limits to increase numbers. 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.

Management of this species is fairly responsible, highlighted by recent measures adopted to restore the health of the fishery and prevent bycatch.

Full species report here.