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Petrale sole, like halibut and flounder, is a flatfish with mild, white flesh whose habitat ranges from Alaska to Baja California. They stay small, only reaching about two feet in length at maximum, and usually live at depths between 330 and 500 feet deep.
In California they are often landed with Rockfish and other bottom-dwelling species. Petrale land year-round, but they are best in the winter months.
Culinary Tips: Petrale sole is reltively firm compared to other flatfish, but it's still a delicate, mild species. It is best cooked gently in the oven, poached, steamed, or over a medium flame in a non-stick pan for sole meuniere.
Catch Method: Bottom Trawl
Sustainability: Petrale sole is part of the U.S. West Coast Groundfish Fishery, which includes very effective management. Even though bottom trawling is capable of damaging marine habitat, closed fishing areas and gear modifications are in place to minize those effects. Much of this fishery is also Marine Stewardship Council certified.
- MBA Seafood Watch: Best Choice or Good Alternative
- NOAA Fish Stock Sustainability Index: 4 out of 4