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Tub gurnard

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General

Scorpaenidae

Scorpaenidae (also known as scorpionfish) is a family of marine fish that includes many of the most venomous species. It is in the name, scorpionfish have a type of spike or sting that contains a type of venomous slimy substance. Physical characteristics of this type of fish are the compact body, many spikes on head and back and a relatively large mouth. They are widespread in tropical and temperate waters. Most subspecies live at the bottom of the sea and feed with shellfish and little fish. Scorpionfish make use of suction, generated by the oral cavity, to catch their prey.

The most well-known species in the Northesa are gurnards and redfish. The lionfish is also a scorpionfish.

 

Tub gurnard

Tub gurnard is the most sold species of gurnard. It is easily recognized by its bright red color and unusual body shape. With its characteristic wing-shaped pectoral fins, it is one of the few fish that can ‘walk’ on the seafloor. The gurnard is common in the Mediterranean Sea and migrated to the North Sea during the summer months. Due to climate change and rising water temperatures, we now find gurnards in the North Sea all year round. The red gurnard is on average 30 cm long but can live up to 75 cm and 15 years.

Tub gurnard

Chelidonichthys lucernus
Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Deelgebieden: North Sea

Farming- / Catch method

Scottish seining

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Gurnard is actively fished with a Scottish seine, also known as flyshooter. This is a selective method, 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 undersized fish. Research on flyshoot fishery however shows that the bycatch of unwanted species, like sharks and rays, can be substantial, dependent on the fishing area and season.

Despite that the gurnard fishery gains in popularity, the catch of gurnard is not regulated. There is a lack of reliable catching data, which makes the size of the stock unknown, but gurnard is probably not overfishedOverfished:
A stock is overfished when the stock size has decreased 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. 
: there is little focused fishing and catches are limited. The species is indirectly managed by [catch restrictions] in fisheries where gurnard appears as bycatch (like flatfish fishery).

Fish in season

Fish in the right season is the best quality at that time because the spawning period is over.

Tub gurnard

Chelidonichthys lucernus
Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Deelgebieden: North Sea

Farming- / Catch method

Trawls

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Gurnard is mostly bycatch in the bottom otter trawl fishery. With this catching method there is much bycatch, mainly of young undersized fish. Fishing with bottom trawls impacts the seabed and is a direct disturbance of the bottom life.

Despite that the gurnard fishery gains in popularity, the catch of gurnard is not regulated. There is a lack of reliable catching data, which makes the size of the stock unknown, but gurnard is probably not overfishedOverfished:
A stock is overfished when the stock size has decreased 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. 
: there is little targetted fishing and catches are limited. The species is indirectly managed by catch restrictions in fisheries where gurnard appears as bycatch (like flatfish fishery).

 

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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