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Ocean Wise Recommended

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Variety

Flounder, Southern

Paralichthys lethostigma

Method

Wild

Handlines and pole-lines

Location

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

Overall Rating

3.423 / 5

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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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

Bottom trawls

Location

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

Eco-Certification

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

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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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

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

Variety

Flounder, Arrowtooth

Atheresthes stomias

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 67 (Pacific, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

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

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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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

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

Variety

Flounder, Yellowtail

Limanda ferruginea

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

FAO Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

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

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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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

Bottom trawls

Location

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

Eco-Certification

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

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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Variety

Flounder, Blackback

Pseudopleuronectes americanus

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Maritimes)

Overall Rating

2.13 / 5

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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