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Shorthorn sculpin, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

Fish of the Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea is a very important area for many fish. It is where their larvae grow into young fish. Herring, sprat, lesser sandeel and plaice spawn far away from the shoreline however their nurseries are located almost directly in front of the coast and in the Wadden Sea. Fish species such as pipefish, sea scorpions, diminutive gobies, sea snails and eel-pout spend their entire life in the Wadden Sea.

  • Fisheries

    There are also fish found in the Wadden Sea which are interesting for the commercial fisheries. In the deeper channels, they fish for flatfish such as plaice, dab and flounder, although the quantities are nowhere near the amounts caught in the North Sea. They also fish eel using eel-traps and mullets and sea trout at various spots using standing rigging.