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Yellow Belly Flounder

Rhombosolea Ieporina

A delicate and moist, white flesh fish with a low oil content.

Yellow Belly Plated Whole 5

Yellow Belly Flounder are a flatfish found in shallow waters, usually at depths of up to 50 metres.

In New Zealand they are commonly found in harbours, estuaries and muddy, sandy bays in the North Island.

Like most Flounder species, Yellow Belly are a great fish cooked whole.

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Key Information


Yellow Belly Flounder belong to the Pleuronectidae family (righteye flounders).

Physical attributes

Dark olive green on body with yellow or white on the belly. The body is oval and plumper that Sand Flounder.

The flesh is delicate and moist, with a low oil content.


Flatfish are managed by the Quota Management System (QMS). The annual catch limit for Flatfish has varied from 5,409 to 6,670 tonnes since 1986. Stock abundance of Flatfish can vary considerably in response to environmental variation. Accordingly, catch limits may be changed frequently to respond to these fluctuations.

All commercially caught New Zealand Flatfish species are available year round and are managed together (in 5 stocks) with a combined Total Allowable Commercial Catch of 5,419 tonne.

Geographical location

Yellow Belly Flounder are caught year round in shallow waters. They are commonly found in the North Island in harbours, estuaries and muddy, sandy bays.

Market Names

  • New Zealand: Yellow Belly Flounder, Flounder, Yellow Flounder
  • Australia: Yellow Belly Flounder
  • Canada: Plie a ventre jaune de Nouvelle-Zelande
  • Japan: Karei
  • Greece: Chamatida
  • Germany: Flunder
  • France: Plie a ventre jaune de Nouvelle-Zelande
  • Spain: Platija

Locations Caught

33 Yellowbellyflounder Fa


Average weight

200-600 g

Average length

25-45 cm


5,419 tonne

Talley's catch

500-1000 tonne

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Nutritional information

Average quantity per 100g


364 kJ


18.9 g

Fat, total

1.2 g


0.3 g

Sugars 0.3g
Sodium 66mg

Seasonal availability

Not caught
Months caught
Peak months

Flavour and cooking

Yellow Belly Flounder have delicate and moist flesh with a low oil content. They are a great fish cooked whole (on the bone) and are suitable for baking, frying, poaching or steaming.

Yellow Belly Plated Whole 5

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