Plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pulse trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skagerrak
Stock detail — 4, 3a.20
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Sustainability rating rating under review info

Sustainability overview

Updated: July 2020.

MCS had previously red-rated all pulse-trawl fisheries. Due to new evidence available, this rating has now been placed under review.

Biology

Plaice is a bottom-dwelling flatfish. It spawns in the early months of the year (January to March) and sometimes makes long spawning migrations. North Sea plaice reach between 35 and 45 cm in their 6th year. It is a long-lived species, becoming sexually mature at 3-7 years (females) 2-6 (males) and living 30 years or more. Maximum reported age 50 years.

Stock information

Criterion score: Under review info

MCS had previously red-rated all pulse-trawl fisheries. Due to new evidence available, this rating has now been placed under review.

Management

Criterion score: Under review info

MCS had previously red-rated all pulse-trawl fisheries. Due to new evidence available, this rating has now been placed under review.

Capture Information

Criterion score: Under review info

MCS had previously red-rated all pulse-trawl fisheries. Due to new evidence available, this rating has now been placed under review.

Alternatives

Based on method of production, fish type, and consumer rating: only fish rated 2 and below are included as an alternative in the list below. Click on a name to show the sustainable options available.

Dab
Halibut, Atlantic (Farmed)
Megrim
Plaice
Sole, Dover sole, Common sole
Turbot (Farmed)

References

ICES. 2020. Request of the Netherlands on the ecosystem and environmental impacts of pulse trawling for the sole (Solea solea) fishery in the North Sea. In Report of the ICES Advisory Committee, 2020. ICES Advice 2020, sr.2020.03. Available at https://doi.org/10.17895/ices.advice.6020. [Accessed on 16.07.2020].