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Common Bream

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Common Bream

The common bream is a native freshwater fish in the Netherlands that is very popular in sport fishing. A few professional inland fishermen also fish for bream, mainly in the IJsselmeer. The common bream is a tall, laterally flattened fish that belongs to the carp family. Its head is relatively small with a downwards pointing mouth. Juveniles have silver flanks, older bream have a dark grey to dark brown colour and can reach a length of over 80 cm. The common bream mainly feeds off the bottom, stirring up sediment, which made it an undesirable fish for a long time, as it would make the water turbid.

Common Bream


Skagerrak, Kattegat, Sound, Belt, Baltic Sea (FAO 27)

Farming- / Catch method

Anchored gillnets, Fykes

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Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

The coastal stockStock:
The fish of a particular species reproducing in the same area in the same period. 
of freshwater bream around Sweden is at sustainableSustainable:
Meeting the needs of current generations without compromising opportunities for future generations. This also allows future generations to benefit from the same needs.
levels. The biomassBiomass:
Biomass is the mass (weight) of living organisms in an area or ecosystem at the time.
of this species is increasing and the level of fishing activity is very low.

Although these fisheries are not likely to cause significant damage to other species due to low levels of fishing activity, bycatchBycatch:
Species caught next to species targeted for fishery. By-catches can consist of non-commercial species and species that are too small, and can be kept (this part is sometimes called by-product) or thrown back into the sea (discards). 
of harbour porpoise has been recorded in fisheries with anchoredanchored gillnets:
A fishing technique whereby passing fish become tangled up in a net with their gills (also known as a gillnet), which is vertically standing on the bottom.
gillnets. Both fykesfykes:
A fishing technique where fish are attracted into a fyke. Fykes are pots or traps made of, for example, wire mesh.
and demersal gillnets generally have a limited impact on benthic habitats and species.

There are no specific management measuresManagement measures:
For fisheries, management measures can affect the amount of fish that can be caught, the type of gear that can be used and where fishing is and is not allowed.
for this stock. Monitoring of this species is included in the HELCOM program of monitoring the status of coastal fish communities in the Baltic Sea. Management of this species is partially effective.

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.