In general - Pacific Flatfish populations - including Alaska Plaice are considered healthy. The most common method of catch for this species is bottom-trawling. This fishing method may result in considerable habitat degradation and has significant bycatch concerns. Still - Pacific Flatfish are a good alternative to Atlantic Flatfish species - which are overfished.
Fishy Fact: Although considered one of the better-quality Flatfish species in Alaska - Plaice are not the target species for many commercial fisheries? The majority of landings are accidental - caught by trawlers who are targeting other bottom fish.