- NOAA Fisheries and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council manage the yellowfin sole fishery.
- Managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands:
- Permits are required, and the number of available permits is limited to control the amount of fishing.
- Managers set an annual catch limit for yellowfin sole.
- A percentage of the catch limit is allocated to the community development quota program, which benefits fishery-dependent communities in Western Alaska. The rest is allocated among the various fishing sectors based on gear type, vessel size, and ability to process their catch.
- All yellowfin sole caught must be retained for processing.
- Catch is monitored through record keeping, reporting requirements, and observer coverage.
- Managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska:
- Yellowfin sole is included under this fishery management plan, but only a very small amount is incidentally caught in this area.