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  • Dut: Diklipharder (Barbier, Herder, Witte zalm)
  • Lat: Chelon labrosus (Mugil labrosus)
  • Eng: Thick-lipped grey mullet (grey mullet)
  • Ger: Dicklippige Meeräsche
  • Fren: Muge (mulet, mulet lippu)
  • Dan: Tyklæbet gri multe
Mullet in the habour, Sytske Dijksen, Foto Fitis

Thick-lipped grey mullet

Thick-lipped grey mullets eat plant material: they graze on algae and seaweed on the sea bottom and on stones, jetties and other solid underwater structures. They will also eat snails. Mullets have relatively long intestinal tracts enabling them to extract most of the nutrients from these barely digestible food sources. They are warm-water fish, common in the southern North Sea from May to October. The thick-lipped grey mullet is the most commonly found species of mullet in Dutch marine waters. It can grow up to 60 centimeters long and is mostly found in harbours where it lives off of the wastes thrown from the ships.

  • Traditional fishing

    Since 2005, thick-lipped grey mullets have been fished according to traditional methods on Terschelling. The fish are chased into nets by fishermen wading through the water and using small boats. Making noise and motoring fast is forbidden. The fish caught in this manner are awarded the Waddengoud predicate, a mark of quality for durably caught fish in the Wadden Sea.

  • Distribution
    Distribution of thick-lipped grey mullets, Ecomare