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General

Perchids

Perchids (Perciformes)  is by far the largest family of fishes and comprise more than 41% of all vertebrate fish. Perchids occur in either fresh and saltwater areas all over the world. Well-known perchids are seabass, dorado, mahi-mahi and weever.

Greater weever

The greater weaver is a demersal species that lives buried in the substrate. This species can be found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and can grow up to 40 cm in length. The greater weaver has sharp spines on its fines and open gill covers that contain strong venom. A weaver’s sting is seldom lethal but can lead to very serious injury. So be very careful when filleting a weaver.

Greater weever

Trachinus draco
Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)

Farming- / Catch method

Scottish seining

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The greater weever is bycatch in several fisheries, including [flyshoot]. The size of the stock is unknown.

[Flyshoot] is considered to be a relatively selective fishery, with little 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 undersizedUndersized fish:
Fish smaller than a prescribed minimum size. These sizes are determined per species and per country. For Europe, a minimum landing size applies to all EU Member States. 
fish. This is however strongly dependent on the target species, the [mesh size], the fishing area and the season. Bycatch of flyshoot fisheries in the English Channel and the North Sea can be substantial. Moreover, the bottom fisheries in this area are known for their bycatch of rays and sharks, which are very vulnerable to fishing pressure. It is therefore not excluded that these will also be caught in this fishery.

The English Channel and the North Sea are under the EU fishing policy. There are however no specific fishery measures for weever.

 

Greater weever

Trachinus draco
Origin

Mediterranean (FAO 37)

Farming- / Catch method

Bottom otter trawl

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The greater weever is bycatch in several fisheries including bottom otter trawls. The size of the stock is unknown.

Bottom otter trawls are an unselective fishing method and there is habitat damage by the interaction of the fishing gear with the seabed.

The Mediterranean is partly under the EU fishing policy. There are however no specific fishery measures for weever.

 

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.

Avoid

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

By-catch

This fish is unwillingly caught while fishing for a different species. They are underused and should be eaten more.

GlobalG.A.P.

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

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

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