Certifier : 
MRAG Americas, Inc.
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
03 Jun 2014
Certificate expires : 
01 Dec 2024


This fishery was certified as sustainable in 2014. It is located in US West Coast Pacific waters, from the southern Canadian border to the northern Mexican border. It comprises 17 different fisheries, using a variety of otter trawl configurations depending on the species targeted. 

The fishery is limited entry, meaning only a limited number of vessels are allowed to participate. They pursue the following species:

• Arrowtooth flounder (Atheresthes stomias)

• Chilipepper rockfish (Sebastes goodei)

• Dover sole (Microstomus pacificus)

• English sole (Parophrys vetulus)

• Ling cod (Ophiodon elongatus)

• Longnose skate (Raja rhina)

• Longspine thornyhead (Sebastolobus altivelis)

• Petrale sole (Eopsetta jordani)

• Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria)

• Shortspine thornyhead (Sebastolobus alascanus)

• Splitnose rockfish (Sebastes diploproa)

• Widow rockfish (Sebastes entomelas)

• Yellowtail rockfish (Sebastes flavidus)

US West Coast groundfish trawl vessel image © Susan Chambers