Yellowfin Sole

Yellowfin Sole
Common Name Yellowfin Sole
Scientific name Limanda aspera, Pleuronectes asper

Sourcing Summary

Size

<1 lbs.

Yellowfin sole has a firm, delicate texture with small flakes and when cooked and a mild, sweet flavor. It is available throughout the year, primarily as frozen skinless, boneless fillets.  Most yellowfin sole weighs less than a pound so it’s usually sold as thin two- to four-ounce fillets.  It is almost always frozen H&G at sea and processed in China into fillets before being sold in the U.S. Quality of Pacific flatfish, including yellowfin sole, varies greatly so it’s important to look for unbruised fillets that have uniform color. Purchasing whole yellowfin sole should only be done if the buyer has a way to negotiate with the supplier since there can be a high percentage of soft-flesh fish.

Product Forms

Fresh/Frozen
Frozen
Product Forms
Fillet
H&G
Portions
Whole

Fresh Seasonal Availability

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Culinary Composition

Mild

Flavor

Delicate

Texture

Cooking Methods

Health/Nutrition

Nutrition facts

Serving Size: 100g
Amount per serving
Calories 91
Total Fat 1.2g
Cholesterol 48mg
Sodium - Sodium 81mg
Carbohydrates 0g
Protein 18.8g
Omega-3 0.2g

Science & Management

Wild
Harvest Methods

Conservation Criteria - Wild

Impact on Stock

Yellowfin sole is a type of flounder that is slow growing, long-lived and greatly affected by changing environmental conditions, making it vulnerable to fishing pressure. However, its wide distribution over much of the North Pacific helps counterbalance these traits somewhat.

Yellowfin sole, which is primarily harvested in the United States, is the largest flatfish fishery in Alaska due to its abundance. Although yellowfin sole was harvested heavily in the 1950s and ’60s, its population has recovered to above target levels.

Habitat impacts ( Wild)

Factory trawlers in the Bering Sea off Alaska are the primary means of catching yellowfin sole. Trawling tends to be highly destructive to seafloor habitats but yellowfin sole typically dwell in sandy, muddy bottom habitats that require little rebuilding to recover compared to rocky or reef areas.

Bycatch

Bycatch in the yellowfin sole fishery is considered low, and does not include overfished species. Restrictions are in place to keep bycatch low, and according to the Environmental Defense Fund, better gear design is helping trawlers avoid areas where bycatch will be more likely.

Management effectiveness

Successful management measures helped yellowfin sole reach high levels of abundance. Substantial fishery management measurements remain in place in the North Pacific, including close catch and bycatch monitoring, calculated catch limits, and independent population assessments.

Conservation Criteria - Farmed

Origin Method Ratings
USA - Alaska Bottom Trawl    
All Other Origins All Other Fishing Methods    
Name Country State / Province
Albion Fisheries, Ltd. Canada British Columbia
Aqua Star United States Washington
Calkins & Burke Canada British Columbia
Canadian Fishing Company Canada British Columbia
Export Packers Company Limited Canada Ontario
Glacier Fish Company, LLC. United States Washington
Halperns' Purveyors of Steak and Seafood United States Georgia
IFC Seafood Inc. United States Maine
Iquique U.S., L.L.C. United States Washington
L&L International Inc. United States California
Orca Bay Seafoods, Inc. United States Washington
Profish Ltd. United States District of Columbia
Seacore Seafood Inc. Canada Ontario
Seattle Fish Company United States Colorado
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico United States New Mexico
SHS, LLC. United States Colorado
Slade Gorton & Co Inc. United States Massachusetts
SOGDA Limited, Inc. United States Washington
The Hadley Company United States Massachusetts
Tradex Foods Inc. Canada British Columbia