Plaice, European – Iceland, bottom longline
European Plaice is a species of flatfish found throughout the coastal waters of Europe and is widely distributed in Icelandic waters. European Plaice grow at moderate rates and can live for over 20 years.
The overall abundance of European Plaice in Iceland is at moderate levels, but populations have been declining over the last century and are likely overfished.
While the majority of European Plaice in Iceland are captured using Danish seines and bottom trawls, a small percentage of fish are taken in the bottom longline fishery. This fishery results in relatively little damage to the seafloor and some bycatch of juvenile fishes.