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Lloyds Register (Acoura)
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Certified since : 
24 Mar 2011
Certificate expires : 
24 Nov 2019


European plaice is a common flatfish that can be found from the Barents Sea to the Mediterranean, and in the northeast Atlantic as far north as Greenland. It is a demersal (bottom-dwelling) species, found at depths of 10-50 m. They tend to burrow into sandy and muddy seabeds during the day and remain stationary for long periods.

Plaice is the most important flatfish caught by fisheries in Europe and one of the most commonly eaten fish in north German and Danish cuisine.

Many members of the Danish Fishermen’s Producer Organization (DFPO) catch plaice. These include 150 set net, 30 Danish Seine and 100 trawl vessels.

Plaice populations in the North Sea had become depleted, but the fisheries has rebuilding strategies in place and the total spawning population has since increased substantially. A long-term management plan is being implemented with the aim of increasing the stock and setting harvest levels that will allow plaice to be fished sustainably.

Landings of any other species must be recorded and reported, and there are minimum landing size regulations for cod, common sole, turbot and hake.