Yellowfin Sole

Limanda aspera


Yellowfin Sole can grow up to 50 centimetres.


The juicy, tender, light-coloured meat of plaice is very tasty. It is excellent for boiling, frying, baking, steaming and deep-frying.

Nutrition infos

Yellowfin Sole is an excellent source of protein and is also rich in calcium.



Natural habitat

Yellowfin Sole are native to the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.


They are inhabitants of the seabed, usually in shallow water up to 750 m. They love salty, cool waters and usually prefer sandy bottoms.


Yellowfin Sole feed on live worms, molluscs and crustaceans.


The Yellowfin Sole, which can live up to 50 years, belongs to the flatfish family, as does the Pacific plaice. Both eyes are on the upper side, the underside of the fish is white.


Freshly hatched larvae initially have an axisymmetrical shape. Only after one to two months do they change into an asymmetrical bottom fish. In the process, the left eye moves to the right side of the body.

Fishing method

bottom otter trawls (OTB)

OTB is the abbreviation for the fishing method bottom otter trawls. The funnel-shaped body of the net, which consists of different mesh sizes, is provided with a wing on each side at the front, which together with the upper and lower tension form a net opening reinforced by lines. The horizontal opening of the net is mainly achieved by two otter boards. The vertical opening is achieved by buoyancy bodies and weights on the bottom rope. The so-called ground tackle is adapted to the ground conditions. It usually consists of rubber discs, rollers or other spacers mounted on steel wire and is designed to maximise the catching capacity of the net and at the same time protect it from damage caused by uneven ground. Undesirable by-catches in this fishery are currently reduced by mesh sizes and mesh shapes and by sorting, selecting or guiding grids, especially at the end of the net (codend). So-called escape windows of square meshes in turn allow smaller fish to escape, while larger animals cannot pass through these windows.

Fishing area(s)


Fishing method

bottom otter trawls (OTB)