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Warty venus

Quality mark Cultivation
/Keurmerk Wild
Green
Second choice
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Bycatch
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General

Shellfish

Shellfish is a culinary term that is often used for several species of molluscs, gastropods, bivalves and arthropods. Some examples are the St. James shell, mussels, razor clams, oysters, cockles and whelks. Most shellfish live partly or fully buried into the seabed, mostly in sandy or gravelly bottoms. They feed by filtering nutrients out of the water. Seed and eggs are released into the water and fertilized externally. Most shellfish are hermaphroditic, they can be both male and female. There are many different shellfish species in the North Sea that are very much suitable for consumption. Fishing methods on shellfish include hand-picking, dredging or mechanic dredges (suckers).

 

Warty venus

The warty venus is often traded as ‘praire’ in France. It has an oval, bulk shell with very deep ridges. The shell can reach a diameter of 3-7 centimeters. This saltwater clam occurs on rocky bottoms along the European and southern African coasts. They can reach the age of 15 years, which is remarkeble for shellfish, and start spawning between 2 and 3 years. This shellfish is a true delicacy and can be often found in pasta vongole or fruit des mer.

 

Warty venus

Venus verrucosa
Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)

Farming- / Catch method

Handdredge

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Explanation assessment

The collecting of warty venus clams with a hand dredge (a kind of rake), which are known in france as praires, can locally disrupt the bottom. There is little bycatch with this selective method. There is no overarching management of this fishery, but in some areas there are limits to the amount that can be collected.

 

Warty venus

Venus verrucosa
Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)

Farming- / Catch method

Mechanic dredges

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Final assessment
Explanation assessment

The mechanical dredging for warty venus clams, which are known in france as praires, can be really damaging to bottom ecosystems. There can also be alot of bycatch of other animals. There is no overarching management of this fishery, but in some areas there are limits to the amount that can be collected.

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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