North Sea plaice & lemon sole, mixed gear FIP

Species:
Plaice, Pluronectes platessa
Lemon Sole, Microstomus kitt

Area: North Sea, IV

Gear: demersal trawl, beam trawl, seine

MSC Plaice

About this fishery:

Plaice is a demersal flatfish species generally living on sandy substrates but may also be found on mud and gravel. Plaice is a shallow water species found from the near coast as juveniles down to around 150 m in northern waters. In the North Sea it is generally found in depths less than 100 metres. Plaice are widely distributed on the continental shelf from the Bay of Biscay in the south through the English Channel, North Sea and Irish Sea to the Baltic, Iceland, the Norwegian coast and Barents Sea in the north.

TACs are set for the North Sea Plaice fishery. In 2015 the TAC was 13,1714 tonnes. Around 93% of this TAC was allocated to the EU. The UK share (initial allocation) accounts for around 26% of the total TAC.
The lemon sole is a demersal species usually found on stony bottoms from depths of 10 m to 200 m. Lemon sole are moderately sized flatfish reaching up to 30 cm (rarely up to 45 cm) in length. It lies left-handed with its eyes on the left side of its body and is therefore not a member of the sole family.

TACs are set for the North Sea Lemon Sole fishery. In 2015 the TAC was 6,391 tonnes. 100% of this TAC was allocated to the EU. The UK share (initial allocation) accounts for around 61% of the total TAC.

The 3 Units of Assessment (Demersal Trawl, Beam Trawl and Seine) operate in different locations of the North Sea.