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