Blue Ocean Institute


Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Sole, Yellowfin 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 fortunately takes place over sand/mud habitats, which are not as damaged by trawling as other habitats.

Full species report here.