Sole, Rock – Alaska
Southern and Northern Rock Soles are commercially important Pacific groundfish. Rock Soles grow at a moderate rate and can live up to 30 years.
The abundance of Rock Sole off Alaska is above target levels and fishing levels on Rock Sole are sustainable. Management of this fishery is highly effective.
Bottom trawls are used to catch Rock Sole. Bottom trawling for Rock Sole takes place over sandy, muddy areas, which are more resilient to trawling compared with other habitats. Also, there are numerous spatial restrictions in place that limit the use of bottom trawl gear and help mitigate overall habitat impacts. The fishery catches some non-target species, but none are of high conservation concern.