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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Flounder, Summer

Paralichthys dentatus

Method

Wild

Traps: Barriers, Fences, or Weirs

Location

U.S. - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.075 / 5

Market Names

Flounder, Fluke, Hirame, Karei, Northern Fluke

Summary

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  • Traps: Barriers, Fences, or Weirs
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Flounder, Southern

Paralichthys lethostigma

Method

Wild

Hooks and Lines: Handlines and Pole-and-Lines

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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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - BSAI and GOA flatfish

Variety

Flounder, Arrowtooth

Atheresthes stomias

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal Trawls

Location

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

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
BSAI and GOA flatfish

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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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - BSAI and GOA flatfish

Variety

Flounder, Arrowtooth

Atheresthes stomias

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal Otter Trawls

Location

FAO Area 67 (Pacific, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
BSAI and GOA flatfish

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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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 Trawls

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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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

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

Variety

Flounder, Yellowtail

Limanda ferruginea

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal Trawls

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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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - BSAI and GOA flatfish

Variety

Flounder, Kamchatka

Atheresthes evermanni

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal Trawls

Location

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

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
BSAI and GOA flatfish

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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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 Trawls

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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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - BSAI and GOA flatfish

Variety

Flounder, Kamchatka

Atheresthes evermanni

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal Trawls

Location

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

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
BSAI and GOA flatfish

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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Variety

Flounder, Blackback

Pseudopleuronectes americanus

Method

Wild

Trawls: Bottom / Demersal Trawls

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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