Sole & Flounder flesh is lean - creamy white and offers a very thin fillet. When cooked - the flesh is flakey and has a mild flavour.
Similar to other members of the Flatfish Family - Yellowtail Flounder have eyes on the same side of their head. Yellowtail Flounder are thin-bodied - have a small mouth and an arched lateral line. Compared to other Flatfish, Yellowtail Flounder grow quickly – yet they remain small fish - averaging about 2.2 pounds.
Yellowtail Flounder live on sandy bottoms at depths of 130-230 feet. This Flatfish is an Atlantic species – ranging from Chesapeake Bay north to Newfoundland & Labrador.
Sole & Flounder populations are not considered depleted, but the common method of catch is bottom trawling - which has significant bycatch and habitat degradation concerns. Yellowtail Flounder populations are low and overfishing is occurring in Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine. Management practices are in place to end overfishing and to rebuild stocks.