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, Yellowfin – 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

Yellowfin Sole is a commercially important Pacific groundfish targeted by U.S. and Canadian trawl vessels. Yellowfin Sole grows at a slow rate and can live for 31 years.

Thanks to successful management measures, they are at high levels of abundance, but changes in oceanic conditions may cause the population to decline in the future.

Bottom trawling for Yellowfin Sole takes place over sand/mud habitats, which are not as damaged by trawling as other habitats. 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.