The multi-species Alaska flatfish fishery (soles, flounders), the largest flatfish fishery in the world, has received certification for Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM). The Alaska Flatfish fishery is one of the most proactive fisheries in the world dedicated to reducing bycatch through collaborative science and cooperative fishing.
Randy Rice, Technical Director with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute states, “The Alaska flatfish industry has worked tirelessly for years to reduce sea floor contact and improve habitat conservation. For example, the fleet fishing for Alaska flatfish pioneered the development of the innovative Bering Sea Flatfish Trawl Gear, which elevates the gear off the sea floor reducing contact by 90%. This is some of the most advanced fishing gear in the world. We couldn’t be more pleased that their efforts of continuous improvement have now earned them RFM Certification.”
Jason Anderson, Manager of the Alaska Seafood Cooperative welcomes the certification: “The Alaska flatfish fishery has worked hard to responsibly harvest our catch in a way that is collaborative and protects the ecosystem. We are very proud to join the ranks of the other RFM Certified fisheries from Alaska.”
The flatfish fishery is conducted in two separate management areas: the Bering Sea/Aleutians Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of of Alaska (GOA). The RFM Certified Alaska flatfish catch is comprised of the following species: Yellowfin Sole, Northern Rock Sole, Southern Rock Sole, Flathead Sole, Rex Sole, Kamchatka Flounder, Arrowtooth Flounder, Alaska Plaice, and Greenland Turbot.
Click here to access and download the Alaska Flatfish Certification summary report.