by seachoice on October 12th, 2011
Sablefish can be found in deep water sandy bottom habitats throughout the North Pacific ranging as far west as Japan, north to the Bering Sea and south to central Baja California. Their centre of abundance is primarily the Gulf of Alaska extending into northern British Columbia. Most sablefish captured in Canada are caught year-round using traps (70 per cent) and longlines (30 per cent). They are a SeaChoice “Best Choice” as the bycatch rate is low and the management includes 100 per cent observer coverage on all sets, dockside monitoring, and scientifically derived catch limits.