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Yellowfin sole

Yellowfin sole (Limanda aspera)

This flatfish species is the smallest of the commercial sole species in the North Pacific. Yellowfin sole is a slower-growing and longer-living fish than Alaska pollock, reaching a length of around one and a half feet (46 cm). Fillet sizes average from 2 to 4 ounces (0.06 to 0.11 kg) in weight. It is slightly higher in calories and cholesterol that Alaska pollock, but with a lower fat content. Fillets are thin, with a mild, sweet flavor and a delicate flake and texture.


Nutrition information

Serving size 100 g
Calories 91 g
Protein 18.84 g
Total Fat 1.19 g
Saturated fatty acids 0.283 g
Carbohydrate 0
Total sugars 0
Total dietary fiber 0
Cholesterol 48 mg
Selenium 32.7 mcg
Sodium 81 mg
Omega-3 fatty acids 200 mg
Source: NOAA Fishwatch, SeafoodSource


Yellowfin sole are found in the North Pacific Ocean between Alaska and Russia. In U.S. waters, the largest population, and hence the largest fishery, is in the Eastern Bering Sea.

Harvesting method

Because yellowfin sole live on the ocean floor, they are harvested by vessels using bottom trawl gear.

Fishery management

In the United States, yellowfin sole are sustainably managed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a division of the United States Department of Commerce. Biological catch limits are determined by impartial scientists who work for NMFS, State fisheries agencies and Universities. Quotas are set at or below the scientific limits by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, a body made up of knowledgeable private citizens and State and Federal government officials. More information on the management of the yellowfin sole fishery is available on www.fishwatch.gov.

Along with other flatfish fisheries, the Alaskan yellowfin sole fishery was certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council in 2009 and re-certified in 2015. Information on the MSC and its certification of the yellowfin sole fishery is available on www.msc.orgThe yellowfin sole fishery has also been certified as responsibly-managed by Global Trust under the ASMI Responsible Management Program.


Our yellowfin sole products

Whole, round

Our products yellowfin soleThe majority of our at-sea production of yellowfin sole is frozen in a whole, round form. This product is sold primarily into Asia where it is re-processed into individually quick frozen fillets for sale into retail and foodservice markets in the U.S. and internationally. Yellowfin sole is an increasingly popular product in Chinese domestic markets.

Headed and gutted (H&G)

American Seafoods produces at-sea frozen blocks of H&G yellowfin sole. This product is primarily sold into Asian markets for re-processing into fillets for the American and European markets.