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Yellowtail Flounder


  • Scientific Name: Limanda ferruginea; a member of the Soleidae Family
  • US Market Name(s): Sole, Flounder
  • Canada Market Name(s): Yellowtail Flounder, Yellowtail, Sole, Rusty Dab, Flounder, Dab

Culinary Profile

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.

Fishing Season

Sustainability Status

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.

Fishy Fact: Although Yellowtail Flounder are not yet being farmed - they are fast growing and have a high market value - making them an excellent aquaculture candidate.


Available as Value Added, Commodity, Custom Packing.