Blue Ocean Institute

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Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Sole, Rock A fishery targeting this species has been certified as sustainable and well managed to the Marine Stewardship Council's environmental standard. Learn more at

Southern and Northern Rock Soles are commercially important Pacific groundfish in Alaskan waters. Rock Soles grow at a moderate rate and can live up to 30 years.

Thanks to successful management measures, Rock Sole are at high levels of abundance throughout their range. Bottom trawling for Rock Soles takes place over sand/mud habitats, which are not as damaged by trawling as other habitats can be. There is limited bycatch associated with this fishery.

Full species report here.