The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority seizes more 26 tonnes of undersized plaice. Photo: NVWA
The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has seized more than 26,500 kilograms of undersized plaice.
The fish comes from 19 cutters, which sail under the Dutch, British and German flag. An official report will be drawn up against the skippers.
NVWA fisheries inspectors carried out checks on the supply of plaice at the Urk fish auction on Saturday 11 and Monday 13 September 2021. The inspectors sampled the catches from 21 fishing vessels. This gave rise to the impression that most cutters had supplied a lot of undersized plaice. Undersized means that fish is smaller than the legal minimum length. For plaice, the minimum length is 27 centimetres.
In order to determine how much undersized plaice had been landed per fishing vessel, the catches have been carefully checked over the past few days. In the end it turned out that 19 cutters had supplied large quantities of too small plaice. This varied per cutter from 4.5 to 25% of the entire catch. It concerns a total of 26,669 kilos of fish that are too small. The seized fish is processed into animal feed.
To protect the fish stock, there is a legal minimum size for caught fish. The NVWA takes action against violations.