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Thicklip grey mullet

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General

Mullets

Mullets are shy fish that prefer to live in schools. Their menus contain weeds and small, soil organisms. Mullets are included in a distinctive group, although they seem to have similarities to haring- and cod-like fish.  Mullets live in either tropical or temperate climate zones. Mullets have a preference for coastal waters and also occur in brackish waters. Mullets also live in rivers and lakes.

The maximum size of mullets can be 90cm although the average is between 40 and 55cm. Mullets have two dorsal fins, one is composed of four spines the second with shafts. The pelvic fin is composed of five shafts.

Thicklip grey mullet

There are three species of grey mullet the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean, the thicklip grey mullet, thinlip mullet and the golden grey mullet. The thicklip grey mullet is most common on the Dutch market and can grow up to 75 centimetres. Like the European eel, grey mullet is a catadromous fish. This means it grows up in brackish or freshwater and spawns in salt water. Grey mullet swims in large groups and mainly feed on algae, small benthos and dead plant and animal material.

 

Thicklip grey mullet

Chelon labrosus
Origin

Europe, inland waters

Farming- / Catch method

Gillnets

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Explanation assessment

There is little known about the state and development of the mullet stock in the North Sea, but because there is little focused fishery on mullet there is probably no overfishingOverfishing:
There is so much fish caught that the size of the stock has diminished so far that it can no longer produce a maximum sustainable yield. The size of the fish populations is insufficient to reproduce in the long term. 
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Fishery on mullet with a set gillnet does not harm the seabed.

There is currently no joint management for mullet in European waters. Because there is little focused fishery, this is not an urgent problem.

 

Thicklip grey mullet

Chelon labrosus
Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)

Farming- / Catch method

Trawls

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Explanation assessment

Thicklip grey mullet is actively fished with a gillnet, or bycatch in the [beamtrawl] and [bottom otter trawl] fishery. This last fishery is unselective and has a lot of bycatch 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. 
and unwanted species. The fishing with bottom otter trawls also ploughs through the seabed and is a direct disruption of seabed life. Research shows that intensive fishing with bottom otter trawls leads in the long term to a change in diversity of the environment and species composition in the sea.

There is little known about the state and development of the mullet stock in the North Sea, but because there is little focused fishery on mullet there is probably no overfishingOverfishing:
There is so much fish caught that the size of the stock has diminished so far that it can no longer produce a maximum sustainable yield. The size of the fish populations is insufficient to reproduce in the long term. 
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There is currently no joint management for mullet in European waters. Because there is little focused fishery, this is not an urgent problem.

 

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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