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Fish of the Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea is a very important area for a large number of fish; it is the place where their larvae grow into young fish. Herring, sprat, lesser sandeel and plaice spawn far away from the shoreline however their nurseries lie almost directly in front of the coast and in the Wadden Sea. Fish species such as pipefish, fatherlasher, diminutive goby, sea snail and eel-pout spend their whole life in the Wadden Sea.

  • Fisheries

    In addition to these less known fish species, there are also fish found in the Wadden Sea which are interesting for the commercial fisheries. In the deeper channels, one can catch flatfish such as plaice, dab and flounder, although the quantities are no where near the amounts caught in the North Sea. One can also catch eel using eel-traps, and mullets, sea trout and salmon in certain places using standing rigging.