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up to 40 centimeters


up to 1 kilogram


topside sandy colored, underside white


up to 5 years


worms, shellfish, crustaceans




people, seals



  • Dut: Schar (grote klap, kok, krit, ruwe schol)
  • Lat: Limanda limanda
  • Eng: Dab (common dab)
  • Ger: Kliesche (Scharbe)
  • Fren: Limande (limande commune)
  • Dan: Ising
Dab, Ecomare


Dab have eyes on the right side of their body, just like plaice and flounder. They are plentiful on the bottom of the Wadden and North Seas. Dab is not a popular consumption fish in the Netherlands. Turbot and brill and regarded highly but not the ordinary dab. It is even referred to as the 'weed of the sea'. In earlier days, you could see dab hanging on lines to dry in the wind in fishing villages. This was an unusual delicacy. Nowadays, dab is an export fish for Japan, where it is much more valued!

  • Schar as consumption fish

    Despite its tastiness, it is unknown why the Dutch do not eat much dab. Nevertheless, there has been a market for dab filet since the 1990s. Japanese are wild about this fish. The fish are caught in the Netherlands where they are cut into filets and sent in a frozen state to the Japanese market. In the first half of 2013, almost 2 million kilograms of dab landed on the Dutch market. In England, dab or whiting, together with chips, salt and vinegar, are sold as 'Fish and Chips'.

  • Distribution
    Distribution of dab, Ecomare

    Dab is common along the Dutch coast. Elsewhere, it is found along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean north of Spain, the North Sea and the southern Baltic Sea. The Wadden Sea is an important nursery for dab.

  • Giant dab

    Dab don't generally grow that large. For years, the record size was 42 centimeters. This record was broken in 2012. A dab was found in the auction of Lauwersoog measuring 47.8 centimeters, almost a half meter! This fish was caught by the UK65 (fishing village Urk) on the Monkeybank, in the English section of the North Sea.