25-08-2008, Urk-   Proudly we present to you our MSC certificate(Chain of custody). The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an independent non-profit organization that has established a global environmental standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. The MSC programme is voluntary and fisheries that are assessed and meet the standard can use the MSC blue ecolabel. The MSC mission is to promote ‘the best environmental choice in seafood’. The MSC seeks to harness consumer preference for products from sustainable fisheries by use of its ecolabel. When fish is bought that has the blue MSC ecolabel, it should indicate that this fishery operates in an environmentally responsible way and does not contribute to the global environmental problem of overfishing.
As of July 2008, there are over 1,600 seafood products available with the MSC ecolabel, sold in 36 countries around the world. 30 fisheries have been independently certified as meeting the MSC’s environmental standard for sustainable fishing and a over 70 are currently undergoing assessment.
For more information contact Rein Kramer.
10-07-2008, Urk-   Today we want to make you familiar with the European Sea Bass
Sea Bass(Dicentrarchus labrax) is a demersal fish present in the littoral zone over most substrata usually only to 10 m in depth but have been caught at depths of 70 m. The bass is predominantly a marine fish but are found in brackish water and in summer months enter estuaries and can penetrate some way up rivers.
The Sea Bass (dicentrarchus labrax) is a thick-set fish with large scales that can grow to a length of 100 cm. The flanks are silvery in colour and the fish has a black or blue back and a yellowish or white underside. Juveniles have black spots on the upper part of the body but these spots are rare on adults. Dicentrarchus labrax has two distinct dorsal fins, the first of which is spiny with 8 or 9 spines. The head is moderately pointed and the pre-operculum (gill cover) has a row of forward pointing denticles on the lower edge. Young bass tend to school together, however, the adults are more likely to be found in smaller numbers.
We can provide the Seabass as Fillets, whole gutted, whole round. Both frozen and fresh. For more information, please contact Rein Kramer.
02-06-2008, Urk-   This week we would like to ask your attention for Lemon Sole. The lemon sole, Microstomus kitt, is a flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae. It is native to shallow seas around Northern Europe, where it lives on stony bottoms down to about 200 m. It grows up to 65 cm in length and about 3 kg in weight.
We can provide the Lemon Sole as Fillets and whole round. For more information, please contact Rein Kramer.02-06-2008, Urk-   This week in the spotlight: Dover Sole The common sole or Dover sole, Solea solea, is a species of fish in the Soleidae family. It has a preference for relatively shallow water with sand or mud covering the bottom. It is found in the Eastern Atlantic ocean, from the south of Norway to Senegal, and in almost all of the Mediterranean Sea. In the winter it withdraws to the somewhat warmer waters of the Southern North Sea.
The small eyes are close to each other on the right-hand side of the body. This gives the fish the possibility of lurking half-buried in the sand for passing prey. The common sole, just like all other flatfish, is born as an "ordinary" fish with one eye on each side of the body. The young metamorphose to flatfish when they are about one cm long. The common sole approaches a maximum length of approximately 70 cm.
Chefs prize Dover sole for its mild, buttery sweet flavor and versatility and for its ease of filleting. The fish yields fillets that hold together well in a variety of recipes.
The name "Dover" comes from Dover, the English fishing port landing the most sole in the 19th century.
We can provide the Dover Sole as Fillets, whole gutted skin on and skin off. Both frozen and fresh. For more information, please contact Rein Kramer.
26-05-2008, Urk-   This week in the spotlight: Plaice Plaice are determinate spawners in which fecundity is determined before the onset of spawning. Females mature, i.e. are able to spawn, at ages from 3 to 7 years old. However, in the North Sea, most females mature at 3 years. Ovary development begins around late August to September with the spawning being from December to May. Each female releases eggs in batches every 3 to 5 days for approximately 1 month.
The eggs hatch after approximately two weeks and drift passively in the plankton. The larvae drift in the plankton and metamorphose after about 8 to 10 weeks, dependent on temperature, at which time they settle in the intertidal zone of sandy beaches. The larvae exhibit what is sometimes called semi-active tidal transport. As the larvae cannot swim against the prevailing currents, they make use of their ability to alter their vertical position in the water column to ensure they are transported to suitable habitat. On incoming or flood tides (water level is rising) the larvae move up into the water column and are thus transported towards land. On the outgoing or ebb tides (water level is falling), the larvae move down the water column and are not transported away from the intertidal by the tidal currents.
When the larvae have reached a suitable site for settlement, the metamorphosis to the asymmetric body shape takes place. This can take up to 10 days.
Recently transformed juveniles settle onto shallow intertidal beaches. The very youngest juveniles will, for a period of up to a week, strand themselves in very shallow pools on the intertidal once the tide has receded. The reasons for this behaviour are not clear. During the first year of life (when the fish are called 0+ group), the juveniles will stay in these shallow intertidal habitats for up to 7 months (depending on latitude and/or temperature), before migrating to deeper waters. Some of these fish will return the next year (when they are I+ group) and even fewer when they are II+ group, however, the majority of juveniles do not return after they have migrated during their first year.
We can provide you the plaice fresh and frozen. Whole, Fillets and Kitchenready.
For more information, please contact Rein Kramer.
08-05-2008, Urk-   This week new; Top Quality Red Mullets. Our Mullets are catched by the UK-112 "Wilhelmina", winner of the Best Quality Award of the Netherlands. The Red Mullets are treated with the highest care for keeping the product visibilly and fysically super, both on board and at the Company. For more information, contact Rein Kramer.