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.
Sole, Rock – 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.

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.

Full species report here.