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.