Sole, Dover – British Columbia
Dover Sole is a long-lived flatfish caught by bottom trawling along the Pacific coast of the US and Canada. Dover Sole are found from the Bering Sea and eastern Aleutian Islands to central Baja California.
In British Columbia, the abundance of Dover Sole is uncertain, and management of the fishery is moderately effective.
Bottom trawling for Dover Sole takes place over sandy, muddy areas, which are more resilient to trawling compared with other habitats. Also, there are a number of spatial restrictions in place that limit the use of bottom trawl gear and help mitigate overall habitat impacts. Bycatch of depleted rockfish is a concern in this fishery.