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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Flounder, Southern

Paralichthys lethostigma

Method

Wild

Harpoons

Location

United States: Texas - Gulf of Mexico

Overall Rating

3.09 / 5

Market Names

Doormat, Fluke, Hirame, Karie, Mud Flounder

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Flounder, Southern

Paralichthys lethostigma

Method

Wild

Handlines and Pole-and-Lines (Hand-Operated)

Location

United States: Texas - 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

Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Trolling Lines

Location

United States: California - Eastern Central Pacific Ocean

Overall Rating

3.52 / 5

Market Names

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

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Trolling Lines

Location

United States: California - Eastern Central Pacific Ocean

Overall Rating

3.971 / 5

Market Names

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

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - US West Coast Limited Entry Groundfish Trawl

Variety

Flounder, Arrowtooth

Atheresthes stomias

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 67 (Pacific, Northeast) and FAO Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
US West Coast Limited Entry Groundfish Trawl

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) - BSAI and GOA flatfish

Variety

Flounder, Arrowtooth

Atheresthes stomias

Method

Wild

Trawls (Bottom / Demersal Otter)

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) - BSAI and GOA flatfish

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)
BSAI and GOA flatfish

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) - US West Coast Limited Entry Groundfish Trawl

Variety

Flounder, Arrowtooth

Atheresthes stomias

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 67 (Pacific, Northeast) and FAO Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
US West Coast Limited Entry Groundfish Trawl

Market Names

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

Summary

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Variety

Flounder, Blackback

Pseudopleuronectes americanus

Method

Wild

Trawls (Bottom / Demersal)

Location

Canada: New Brunswick | Nova Scotia | Prince Edward Island - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Specifically: Maritimes Fishery)

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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Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Trawls (Bottom / Demersal)

Location

Mexico - Gulf of California

Overall Rating

1.765 / 5

Market Names

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

Summary

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Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Gillnets (Set / Anchored)

Location

Mexico - Eastern Central Pacific Ocean

Overall Rating

1.897 / 5

Market Names

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

Summary

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Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Trawls (Bottom / Demersal)

Location

United States: California - Eastern Central Pacific Ocean

Overall Rating

2.266 / 5

Market Names

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

Summary

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Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Gillnets (Set / Anchored)

Location

United States: California - Eastern Central Pacific Ocean

Overall Rating

2.444 / 5

Market Names

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

Summary

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Variety

Flounder, California

Paralichthys californicus

Method

Wild

Trawls (Bottom / Demersal)

Location

United States: California - Eastern Central Pacific Ocean

Overall Rating

2.73 / 5

Market Names

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

Summary

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Variety

Flounder, Yellowtail

Limanda ferruginea

Method

Wild

Trawls (Bottom / Demersal)

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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