Despite being overfished, this delicate fish remains popular in Dutch restaurants and is often the most expensive item on menus. Sustainable and MSC-certified sole is available, however. Sustainable fishing methods help to manage the stock and causes less damage to the seabed, but also makes selective fishing possible, reducing by-catch. The catch is not crushed in large nets, which ensures better quality and freshness. In the Netherlands, sustainable sole fishing takes place with special nets from March to October.
Dutch sole sizes:
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