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Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa)

Plaice remains a very popular fish and is landed all around the South West coast. Like most flat fish they start life as a normal upright side-on fish. As they develop one eye migrates around the head until it is right next to the other. The top side is a dark brown green colour with stunning orange spots.

They are usually caught using Beam Trawlers which is a catch method that damages the seabed and also leads to bycatch. Increasingly boats in the South West are using rollers and benthic release panels to reduce seabed damage and reduce bycatch respectively.