The Safina Center

Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Sablefish – U.S. California, Oregon, Washington, Bottom Trawl and Longline A fishery targeting this species has been certified as sustainable and well managed to the Marine Stewardship Council's environmental standard. Learn more at http://www.msc.org.
These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Sablefish is a moderately growing, long-lived species that is found in deep waters of the Pacific Ocean, from northern Alaska to Baja California.

Off the U.S. West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington) Sablefish abundance is currently at a medium level, but is declining. Fishing levels on Sablefish have fluctuated around sustainable levels in recent years.

Sablefish are primarily caught with bottom trawls, but also with bottom longlines and pots. Bottom trawling causes moderate damage to the soft bottom Sablefish habitats, while bottom longlines cause low damage. There are a number of spatial restrictions in place that limit the use of bottom tending gear and help mitigate overall habitat impacts. There are no significant bycatch concerns.

Full species report here.

This species may have moderately high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in Sablefish. Check out our mercury in seafood section.