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The European carp is a large fresh water fish that can live up to a very old age in the wild, up to 40 years. This species can reach a length of 120 centimetres and are native to Europe and Asia. The European carp can be characterised by four barbels near its mouth. This species is not a popular species for consumption in the Netherlands.  



Cyprinus carpio

Europe, inland waters

Farming- / Catch method

Pond systems (aquaculture)

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Explanation assessment

Carp are grown in ponds, with or without the addition of extra feed. There is little to no wild fish in the carp feed. The cultivation in ponds has little impact on the environment, even though the culture water is discharged into the surface water.


ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.


Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.


There is fish available of this species that is farmed or caught using high welfare standards.


GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.


Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.