Good Fish Guide
Method of production - Caught at sea
Capture method - Gill net,Fixed net
Capture area - North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area - Cornwall
Stock detail - VIIe,f,g and h
Fish type - White flat fish
Sustainability overviewFind out more at the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide
Lemon sole is a widely distributed flatfish which is found in shelf waters of the North Atlantic, from the White Sea and Iceland southward to the Bay of Biscay. Lemon sole appears to prefer sandy and gravelly substrates, living deeper and at higher salinity and lower temperature than plaice or sole. Sexual maturity occurs in males at 3-4 years and at 4-6 years in females. Lemon sole may live for about 17 years and can attain lengths of over 60 cm. They spawn in spring and summer, April to August.
Lemon sole is mainly a bycatch species and as such the fishery is currently largely unmanaged. The only management of the fishery is under a combined total allowable catch (TAC) with witch. Scientists are concerned this prevents effective control of single species exploitation rates and could potentially leading to overfishing of either species.
Based on method of production, fish type, and consumer rating: only fish rated 2 and below are included as an alternative in the list below . Click on a name to show the sustainable options available.
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