Sustainable Dover Sole

Dover sole is one of the most important commercial species in the south west. In the 1960's and '70's it suffered as a result of overfishing. In 2007, a long-term management plan was initiated with the full support of the south west fishing industry, aiming to deliver a fully sustainable fishery. The vessels time at sea is limited and controls are in place to manage landings. The fishermen are also increasingly using gear that reduces benthic impact and minimises disguard. Thanks to this successful sole recovery plan, populations are healthy in our area and Dover sole is 'Recommended' on the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide.