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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Hooks and Lines: Trolling Lines

Location

U.S. - California, Eastern Central Pacific Ocean (Southern California)

Overall Rating

3.52 / 5

Market Names

California Halibut, Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Monterey Halibut, Southern Halibut

Summary

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  • Hooks and Lines: Trolling Lines
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Flounder, Southern

Paralichthys lethostigma

Method

Wild

Hooks and Lines: Handline and Pole-and-Line

Location

U.S. - Texas, Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Mexico

Overall Rating

3.423 / 5

Market Names

Doormat, Fluke, Hirame, Karie, Mud Flounder

Summary

Bycatch: Highly selective fishery with minimal bycatch concerns.


Ecosytem impacts: Capture methods have minimal contact with the seafloor and thus few direct ecosystem impacts.


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  • Hooks and Lines: Handline and Pole-and-Line
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Hooks and Lines: Trolling Lines

Location

U.S. - California, Eastern Central Pacific Ocean (Central California)

Overall Rating

3.971 / 5

Market Names

California Halibut, Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Monterey Halibut, Southern Halibut

Summary

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  • Hooks and Lines: Trolling Lines
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Flounder, Arrowtooth

Atheresthes stomias

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - West Coast, Pacific Ocean (IFQ trawl - hard substrate)

Overall Rating

3.063 / 5

Market Names

Arrowtooth, Arrow-tooth Flounder, Flounder, Hirame, Karei

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Flounder, Summer

Paralichthys dentatus

Method

Wild

Hooks and Lines: Handline and Pole-and-Line

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.34 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Fluke, Hirame, Karei, Northern Fluke

Summary

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  • Hooks and Lines: Handline and Pole-and-Line
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Alaska Flatfish - Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

Variety

Flounder, Kamchatka

Atheresthes evermanni

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

FAO Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest), FAO Area 67 (Pacific, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Alaska Flatfish - Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

Market Names

Flounder, Hirame, Karei

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea Atka mackerel, Pacific Ocean perch, and northern rockfish and Gulf of Alaska Pacific Ocean perch, northern rockfish, and dusky rockfish

Variety

Flounder, Arrowtooth

Atheresthes stomias

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

FAO Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest), FAO Area 67 (Pacific, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea Atka mackerel, Pacific Ocean perch, and northern rockfish and Gulf of Alaska Pacific Ocean perch, northern rockfish, and dusky rockfish

Market Names

Arrowtooth, Arrow-tooth Flounder, Flounder, Hirame, Karei

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Alaska Flatfish - Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

Variety

Flounder, Arrowtooth

Atheresthes stomias

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

FAO Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest), FAO Area 67 (Pacific, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Alaska Flatfish - Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

Market Names

Arrowtooth, Arrow-tooth Flounder, Flounder, Hirame, Karei

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea Atka mackerel, Pacific Ocean perch, and northern rockfish and Gulf of Alaska Pacific Ocean perch, northern rockfish, and dusky rockfish

Variety

Flounder, Kamchatka

Atheresthes evermanni

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

FAO Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest), FAO Area 67 (Pacific, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea Atka mackerel, Pacific Ocean perch, and northern rockfish and Gulf of Alaska Pacific Ocean perch, northern rockfish, and dusky rockfish

Market Names

Flounder, Hirame, Karei

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - OCI Grand Bank Yellowtail Flounder Trawl

Variety

Flounder, Yellowtail

Limanda ferruginea

Method

Wild

Trawl: Bottom (Rockhopper)

Location

FAO Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
OCI Grand Bank Yellowtail Flounder Trawl

Market Names

Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Rusty Dab, Sand Dab, Sole

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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  • Trawl: Bottom (Rockhopper)
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Alaska Flatfish - Gulf of Alaska

Variety

Flounder, Arrowtooth

Atheresthes stomias

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal (Otter)

Location

FAO Area 67 (Pacific, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Alaska Flatfish - Gulf of Alaska

Market Names

Arrowtooth, Arrow-tooth Flounder, Flounder, Hirame, Karei

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal (Otter)

Variety

Flounder, Blackback

Pseudopleuronectes americanus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Maritimes)

Overall Rating

2.13 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Georges Bank Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Lemon Sole, Sole, Winter Flounder

Summary

Abundance: Stock status is unknown and it is unknown if overfishing is occuring.


Bycatch: Fishery catches endangered or threatened species, including Atlantic cod, American plaice, and winter skate.

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, Blackback

Pseudopleuronectes americanus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Mid-Atlantic)

Overall Rating

1.888 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Georges Bank Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Lemon Sole, Sole, Winter Flounder

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, Summer

Paralichthys dentatus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (New England)

Overall Rating

2.368 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Fluke, Hirame, Karei, Northern Fluke

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, Blackback

Pseudopleuronectes americanus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (New England)

Overall Rating

1.888 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Georges Bank Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Lemon Sole, Sole, Winter Flounder

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

Mexico - Eastern Central Pacific Ocean: Gulf of California (Southern stock)

Overall Rating

1.765 / 5

Market Names

California Halibut, Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Monterey Halibut, Southern Halibut

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, Summer

Paralichthys dentatus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Mid-Atlantic)

Overall Rating

2.368 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Fluke, Hirame, Karei, Northern Fluke

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - California, Eastern Central Pacific Ocean (Southern California)

Overall Rating

2.73 / 5

Market Names

California Halibut, Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Monterey Halibut, Southern Halibut

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, Blackback

Pseudopleuronectes americanus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean: Georges Bank (New England)

Overall Rating

2.237 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Georges Bank Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Lemon Sole, Sole, Winter Flounder

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - California, Eastern Central Pacific (Central California)

Overall Rating

2.266 / 5

Market Names

California Halibut, Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Monterey Halibut, Southern Halibut

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, Blackback

Pseudopleuronectes americanus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Maine (New England)

Overall Rating

2.237 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Georges Bank Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Lemon Sole, Sole, Winter Flounder

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, Witch

Glyptocephalus cynoglossus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Mid-Atlantic)

Overall Rating

1.888 / 5

Market Names

Craig Fluke, Flounder, Gray Sole, Hirame, Karei, Sole

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, Witch

Glyptocephalus cynoglossus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (New England)

Overall Rating

1.888 / 5

Market Names

Craig Fluke, Flounder, Gray Sole, Hirame, Karei, Sole

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, Yellowtail

Limanda ferruginea

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (New England)

Overall Rating

1.646 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Rusty Dab, Sand Dab, Sole

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, Yellowtail

Limanda ferruginea

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Mid-Atlantic)

Overall Rating

1.888 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Rusty Dab, Sand Dab, Sole

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Variety

Flounder, Yellowtail

Limanda ferruginea

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean: Georges Bank (New England)

Overall Rating

1.646 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Hirame, Karei, Rusty Dab, Sand Dab, Sole

Summary

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  • Trawls: Bottom / Demersal