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Also known as California flounder, half the population of starry flounder is right-eyed and the other half is left-eyed. Much like chameleons and other species, they can change coloration to blend in with their surroundings, making them practically invisible to avoid predators. Yet they succumb to the appetites of marine mammals such as sea lions and seals. They feed primarily on zooplankton, small fish and crustaceans, amphipods, and copepods.
Culinary Tips: Starry flounder are best prepared in a recipe calling for dover sole or petrale sole. The delicate texture and mild flavor is ideal for broiling, pan frying, or gently sauteeing in a meuniere recipe.
Catch Method: Bottom Trawling
Sustainability: Starry flounder is another well-managed species in the West Coast Groundfish Fishery. Overfishing is not occuring in part because this species is not in high demand commercially. Gear modifications on bottom trawls minimize habitat disruption that is sometimes an issue with this gear type.
- MBA Seafood Watch rating: Best Choice
- NOAA Fish Stock Sustainability Index: 4 out of 4