The Safina Center

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

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Sole, Rock – Pacific Ocean (Alaska and British Columbia) 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. 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 are some concerns about catches of non-target species.

The Alaska fishery has been certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Full species report here.