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The yellowfin sole (Limanda aspera) is a small flounder of the North Pacific Ocean. Yellowfin sole occur in North America from British Columbia, Canada, to the Chukchi Sea.

In Alaska, yellowfin sole are most abundant on the Bering Sea continental shelf. The species is also found along the Asian coast.

The largest flatfish fishery in the U.S. is for yellowfin sole. Yellowfin sole are harvested mainly by large catcher-processors using trawl gear. Most fish are frozen at sea, then landed and shipped for onshore processing.

The U.S. Yellowfin sole fishery managed by NOAA Fisheries and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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