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Commercial Fishing & Seafood Industry Contacts - Netherlands (Holland)



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ABS Distributors Europe
Importers, exporters, buyers agents and wholesale suppliers of fresh yellowfin tuna, hake capensis, frozen hake, monkfish, Argentinean prawns, barracouta, Patagonian squid, illex squid, South African rock lobster, ribbon fish, Senegalese sole, octopus, kingklip, ling.
Contact: Ashley Slinger
City: -
Tel: +31 168 785 150  Fax: -
Email: Email ABS Distributors Europe
Amacore B.V.
Amacore is specialised in the import and export of exotic and mainstream frozen fish-products. We can supply retail, wholesale, industry and industrial processors with frozen loins, steaks, fillets and H&G products. We import from countries all over the world and specialize in exporting to Eastern and Western-Europe. Black Cod -Anoplopoma fimbria, Chilean Seabass -Dissostichus Eleginoides, Yellowtail Kingfish -Seriola lalandi, Mahi Mahi -Coryphaena Hippurus, Nile Perch -Lates Niloticus, Oilfish -Lepidocybium Flavobrunneum, Salmon -Salmonidae, Swordfish -Xiphias Gladius, Tilapia -Oreochromis Niloticus, Tuna -Thunnus Albacares
Contact: Gijs van Gerwen
City: Hilvarenbeek
Tel: +31 13 505 2116  Fax: -
Skype: -
Email: Email Amacore B.V.
Azur Seafood
Azur Seafood is a family business that was founded in 1998 in Urk. We catch, import and sell sustainably caught fish. Our specialty lies in sustainable North Sea fish and shellfish. At the moment we export a lot of fish to countries including; France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Belgium. In these countries we often work together with supermarkets and wholesalers. In addition to the great success in these countries, we also want to enter into successful partnerships in the Netherlands and supply your company. We are able to supply large numbers of sustainable fish for the right price. It is also possible to organize promotional propositions. I would be happy to visit you personally to introduce you to Azur Seafood. Salmon Filet with skin, Fillet, steaks, MSC COD fillet and loin, Pangasius fillet, Tilapia fillet, MSC Plaice fillet (Our specialty), MSC Pollock fillet, Shrimp without head, catfish, Silt sole, samphire. Gourmet with herbs, fried fish with ravigotte sauce, Herring 2 stuks & 3 stuks, Pangasius fillet in spanish marinade, MSC Hake fillet in Greek marinade, Salmon in wok sauce, Italian stir-fry with salmon, prawns and tilapia Tilapia loins in Thai marinade, Traditionally knotted salmon roulade, Salmon in cream cheese, Luxury gourmet fish dish with salmon, catfish, tuna and shrimps Prawns in puff pastry
Contact: Michel Heinhuis
City: Urk
Tel: +31620699427 Fax: -
Skype: -
Email: [email protected] 
Blue Deep CV
A whose principal aim is to make the best connections between the producer and the food distributor around the world, satisfying all needs, and trying to find the best opportunities for all producers. Argentine anchovy, craoker, red shrimp, langostino, seabass, mero, black drum, blue fish, Brazilian flathead, sand perch, chub mackerel, hake, king clip, leather jack, red snapper, red porgy, sea trout, silver warehou, tope shark, yellow croaker, corvina.
Contact: Ana
City: Apeldoorn
Tel: +31 85 002 1774  Fax: -
Skype: bluedeepcv
Email: Email Blue Deep CV
Blue West Seafood
Importing, exporting, sourcing of Seafood - All kinds of fresh tuna, frozen tuna, salmon, mackerel, hake, horse mackerel, herring and smoked salmon.
Contact: Arie Zuurmond
City: Lelystad
Tel: +31320415341  Fax: -
Skype: -
Email: Email Blue West Seafood
Boersma Maritime International
With an already established and continuous presence in the S&P market over the past 55 years with numerous successful concluded deals in our records, our database includes vessels of all types and sizes including but not limited to Fishing vessels, Ferries, Tugs, Offshore Equipment, Cargo Vessels, Tankers, Yachts, as well as small Work and Service boats. Consistent to our long standing experience, we provide turn-key, professional services, starting from the initial negotiations of a sale/purchase of a vessel up to her delivery, covering the full spectrum of the S&P process. Nowadays we work together with many ship owners and other clients who require our assistance with sale and purchase of inland and seagoing vessels and tonnage. We offer a full service, designed to our clients individual needs and can include the search for vessels, marketing of tonnage for sale, organizing pre-purchase surveys, negotiations, documentation, after sales service and more. We are the first brokers in The Netherlands that have carried out both pre-marketing as actual sales for banks, finance institutions, crowd funding and other creditors.
Contact: M.K. Boersma
City: Groningen
Tel: +31505268233  Fax: -
Skype: Captain Boersma
Email: [email protected] 
Culimer B.V.
An international company specialized in the manufacturing, handling, import and export of high value and high quality seafood such as tuna, swordfish, marlin, butterfish, escolar, mahi mahi, king crab, black tiger shrimp, white shrimps, sow crab, soft shell crab, smoked seafood.
Contact: Bruno Govaert
City: Rotterdam
Tel: 10 453 2050  Fax: 10 452 9055
Skype: -
Email: Email Culimer B.V.
Delta Mossel B.V.
Since 1978. markets : the netherlands, belgium, france, germany, switzerland, italy, spain, united kingdom. fresh mussels (mytilus edulis), flat and rock oysters (ostrea edulis and crassostrea gigas)
Contact: O. Camelot
City: Yerseke
Tel: 113 573 330  Fax: 113 572 330
Skype: -
Email: Email Delta Mossel B.V.
EBI Food Safety
EBI Food Safety develops natural bacteriophage products against dangerous bacteria in food. The company, located in Wageningen (Food Valley), The Netherlands, is viewed as product leader in this field and is committed to making the application of bacteriophages a new industry standard. LISTEXT, the company's product against Listeria, is a culture of safe, natural and organic bacteriophages, characterized by its broad spectrum toward Listeria monocytogenes strains. It is used as a processing aid against only Listeria, during the production of meat, cheese, fish, vegetables, fruit and other food products.
Contact: Mrs A. Douwma
City: Wageningen
Tel: 317 421 414  Fax: 317 410 055
Skype: -
Email: Email EBI Food Safety
EU Logistics Hub
Through a long history of trade and international business, Limburg now enjoys the presence of a highly-developed logistics industry. EU Logistics Hub dedicates itself to providing information and logistics resources to both companies that need logistics services and logistics companies themselves.
Contact: -
City: Maastricht
Tel: 31433280280  Fax: -
Skype: -
Email: Email EU Logistics Hub
Evimare Fish
Since 1991 we serve as a link between fishery and processors, whole sale and distribution. Among other, we specialize in Pelagic fish from the North and South Atlantic Ocean. Frozen Mackerel, Horse Mackerel, Sardines, Herring, Hake and Flat fish from the Northsea - Mackerel, Herring, Sardines, Sardinella, Blue Whiting, Horse Mackerel, Sprats, Capelin, Redfish, Cod, Hake, Brotola, Savorin, Hoki, King Klip, Jack Mackerel, Blue Mackerel, Warehou, Southern Blue Whiting, Oreo Dory, Ghost Shark, Ling, Frostfish, Red Cod, Alaska Pollock, Hake.
Contact: K. Kruiten
City: Ijmuiden
Tel:  +31255515514
Skype: Evimarefish
Email: [email protected]
Fishery Consultancy Ruud van der Zwan
Consultant to train and help fish buyers to buy fish true internet on real-time fish auctions.
Contact: Ruud van der Zwan
City: Monster
Tel: 620 390 107  Fax: 847 460 463
Skype: -
Email: Email Fishery Consultancy Ruud van der Zwan
Fiskkoer B.V.
Reliable company with a serious strategy :. 100 % service and 100 % quality. Sardine / Sardina pilchardus, Mackerel / Scomber scombrus, Tuna, Swordfish, Marlin, Oilfish, Mahi mahi
Contact: Arie Zuurmond
City: Urk
Tel: 527 688 540  Fax: 527 688 087
Skype: -
Email: Email Fiskkoer B.V.
Flying Dutchman Marine
Suppliers of Mussel Farming Equipment like buoys, mussel ropes, cotton socks, navigation lights, spat collecting ropes mussel floats. Processing equipment like declumping - grading and seeding machines
Contact: erik meijer
City: -
Tel: -  Fax: -
Skype: erik031847
Email: Email Flying Dutchman Marine
Food Ingredients & Technology (F.I.&T.)
Supplier for fish processing machinery since the year 2000. Specialized in Further Processing equipment. Separators, tumblers, injectors, mixers, internal transport, forming machines, coating equipment, industrial fryers, industrial ovens, smoking cabinets, freezers, etc.
Contact: Mr. Robert Sindorf
City: Zaandam
Tel: 75 880 5738   Fax: -
Skype: -
Email: Email Food Ingredients & Technology
Holdam Trading Supplies BV
We are suppliers of a wide range of fresh and frozen seafood products such as: Ground fish - Cod, Saithe, Haddock etc, Norwegian Salmon fish and Norwegian Fjord Trout, Prawns and shellfish, Salted Cod fish, Clip fish and Stock fish, Pelagic products - Herring, Mackerel and Capelin, Red King Crab, Greenland Halibut, Halibut, Cold Water Prawn, Ling, Blue Mussels, Arctic Char, Tusk, Silver Pomfret, Chinese Pomfret, India Salmon, Oil Sardine, Bombay duck, sole, Spanish mackerel, Sole, Sea bass, Rohu, etc, Red Sea Bream, Red mullet, Red snapper, Ribbon fish (Cutlass fish), Ribbon fish (Silver variety), Croaker, Jew Fish (Ghol, Grouper, Sea bass), Indian Shad (Hilsa), Sole fish, Horse mackerel, Shark, Indian mackerel, Eel, cat fish, black Pomfret, Silver Pomfret or White Pomfret, Tuna, Pearl spot fish, Tilapia
Contact: Astrid Watermans
City: Amsterdam
Tel:   +0031 685833454
Skype: astridwatermans
Email: [email protected]
IHB International
IHB specializes in the intermediation of industrial goods and machinery in the broadest sense of the word. These concern obsolete goods, unmarketable stock, machines, complete plant lines and capital assets. We effectively operate as brokers. IHB provides an outsourced sales service, selling items on behalf of its clients. Together with our clients, we draw up a precise description of the items for sale, complete with photographs, technical details and specifications, the original value and a current market valuation. On the basis of this assessment, we determine an appropriate asking price, draw up a catalogue page and/or a separate catalogue, and log the item into our sales system. We then go in search of potential buyers. If so desired, IHB can organize all the practical arrangements, up to and including transportation, machine disassembly and storage.
Contact: Gert Jan Willemsteyn
City: Haaksbergen
Tel: 63 015 4826  Fax: 84 872 6672
Skype: ihbinternational
Email: Email IHB International
Inter Fresh Concepts BV
IcePackXL is InterFresh Concepts’ leading product for conditioned transport in a box. The flexible gel ice is a great alternative to dry ice or crushed ice. It keeps your fresh fish fresher whilst in transit.  At the point of destination, your fish looks perfect, no browning of gills, no frost damage, no markings. And arrives between 0-2o Celsius! IcePackXL saves on both transportation and storage costs. InterFresh Concepts operates worldwide and manufactures in The Netherlands. We have agents in Greece and Spain.
Contact: Leon Hoogervorst
City: Noordwijkerhout
Tel: +31 (0)851043614  Fax: -
Skype:   icepackxl
Email: Email Inter Fresh Concepts BV
LGem B.V.
LGem b.v. is a young specialized company that has been growing Algae (Nannochloropsis) for three years. Due to our proprierty technology we are very flexible in production volumes and different strains. At our current location we are able to expand to a production of up to 30.000 kilos/dw per year. If needed we can easily expand beyond.
Contact: Sander Hazewinkel
City: Voorhout
Tel: 0 618 808 440   Fax: 0 618 808 440
Skype: -
Email: Email LGem B.V.
MasterFish BV
MasterFish BV your partner in frozen fish products from Holland! Frozen Dover Soles, Plaice, Turbot, Cod, Salmon, Sea Bass, Sea Bream, Brill, Flounder, Red Gurnard. Fish Fingers, Fishburgers, Fish fillets, Cod loins, battered fillets
Contact: Bert
City: Urk
Tel:  +31 (0) 527- 688446
+31 (0) 527- 688462
Skype: -
Email: Email MasterFish BV
Meattrade NL offers its customers a wide range of products and focuses on developing high quality, differentiated products for both the retail and foodservice trades. Hake, blue whiting, Horse mackerel, tilapia, shrimps, tuna, swordfish
Contact: Sjoerd Brada
City: Heerhugowaard
Tel:  +31 727503156
Skype: sjoerd.brada
Email: Email Meattrade NL
Murre Techniek B.V.
Murre Techniek is a private enterprise founded in 1987 by J. Murre, the current owner / director. We have currently developed into a modern food processing machine factory. We manufacture all kinds of machines necessary for the processing of a product, such as washing machines, blanching machines, sorting machines, etc. We deal with orders as follows: after an intensive talk with the customer, we draw up an engineering order, which is then discussed with the customer. We attach much value to these talks, as we aim at an optimum result.
Contact: Mr. Jan Murre
City: Zeeland
Tel: 113 503 080  Fax: 113 503 885
Skype: -
Email: Email Murre Techniek B.V.
P.D.A.C Exotic Foods
Fish Importer buying directly from fishing companies as well as fish farmers. Butterfish, yellow back catfish, hansar, kandratiki, bang bang, yellow croaker, tilapia, sea water shrimps.
Contact: Bram
City: Amsterdam
Tel: +31 652216411  Fax:
Skype: -
Email: Email P.D.A.C Exotic Foods
Pefa b.v.
Our company supplies 12 Fish auktions with on internet system. Buyers can see the Auktion Clock at there offices or at home .All in real time.
Contact: Ruud van der Zwan
City: Scheveningen
Tel: 703 588 787  Fax: 317 0891 0410
Skype: -
Email: Email Pefa b.v.
Premier Seafood Europe B.V.
Norwegian and Dutch joint enterprise operating in Norway and Europe under the name Premier Seafood. Salmon, trout, cod, haddock, saithe, halibut, mackerel, herring, capelin, blue whiting, Greenland halibut.
Contact: Andrejus Radzevicius
City: Utrecht
Tel: +3126032740  Fax: -
Skype: PSE
Email: Email Premier Seafood Europe B.V.
Promatec Food Ventures Bv
Promatec Food Ventures is a Dutch company specialized in equipment and technology for: Defrosting / Thawing of frozen Fish & Seafood, High Pressure Processing (HPP) of oysters, mussels, lobster and processed fish products, Cooking and Frying of Fish & Seafood, Cleaning and disinfecting of fish products and equipment with ozonated water
Contact: Mark de Boevere
City: Bladel
Tel: 497 330 057  Fax: -
Skype: mark.deboevere
Email: Email Promatec Food Ventures Bv
Subo International Holland
Subo international is a production and trading company of all frozen foods. Our combined 25 years of worldwide experience in frozen fish production, service and trade enables us to supply the best products at the best price. Our products include: Frozen mackerel, frozen horse mackerel, blue whiting, frozen cod, frozen hake, frozen salmon, frozen herring, frozen red fish, frozen yellow croaker, frozen capelin. Our experience on local markets enables us to give you exactly what you need, including the after-sales support on logistics and documentation.
Contact: Jan Daan Dullaart
City: Woerden, Utrecht
Tel:  +3130 274 5715
Skype: @ddullaart
Email: [email protected]
Thaena Surgeles B.V.
Seafood Exporters, Processors and Wholesalers, Sourcing of fresh and frozen premier Seafood. Atlantic Salmon, Trout, Cod, Haddock, Saithe, Haddock, Mackerel, Herring, Capelin, Farmed Salmon, King Crab, Snow Crab, King Crab Clusters, Snow Crab Clusters, Scallop Meat, dried sea scallops, Bay scallops, Salmon Fillets, Cod Roe, Fish Maw, Dry Sea Cucumber, Smoked salmon, Salmon fillets, Salmon portions, Salmon steaks and Salmon By-products.
Contact: Archard Van Dijk
City: Blokzijjl, Zuid Holland
Tel:  +31 635 250 388
Skype: -
Email: Email Thaena Surgeles B.V.
Trefoil Shield Mauritanie
Suppliers of Grade A Ribbon Fish.
Contact: Peter van Steveninck
City: -
Tel: + 31 180 820 259
+ 31 6397 00 365
Skype: -
Email: Email Trefoil Shield Mauritanie
Van der Lee Seafish
We offer fish from the North Sea and the whole world, both fresh and frozen. We deliver seafood, fresh fish, salmon, pan ready Plaice, Plaice Fillets, Dorade Fillets and much more. The sales activity and product delivery extend to whole Europe.
Contact: G van der Lee
City: Urk, Flevoland
Tel: 0527689010 Fax:
Skype: -
Email: Email Van der Lee Seafish
Visscher Seafood B.V.
Visscher Seafood is a worldwide supplier of fresh and frozen fish, specialized in salmon production. With over 30 years of experience, we produce all-natural North Atlantic seafood products and serve our customers with the highest quality fish worldwide.
Contact: L. Snoek
City: Urk, Flevoland
Tel: +31527681421
Skype: -
Email: [email protected] 
WNL Marine Electronics
We sell, install and service Marine Electronics (all bridge equipment) mainly for fishing vessels We are founded in 1996 and have grown to 11 employees of which 7 electronic engineers. We do all electronic bridge equipment for communication, navigation and observation but we are specialized in fish finding equipment like sonars, sounders, net systems etc and representing World leading manufacturers like Simrad, Kaijo Wesmar etc.
Contact: Wim Lansbergen
City: IJmuiden
Tel: 255 534 755  Fax: 255 537 184
Skype: -
Email: Email WNL Marine Electronics

Government Contacts & Information Resources for
Commercial Fishing, Seafood, Aquaculture, Marine & Oceans in Netherlands (Holland)


Europêche - Association of national organisations of fishing enterprises in the European Union.


European Commission - Fisheries - The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is the European Union's instrument for the management of fisheries and aquaculture. It was created to manage a common resource and to meet the obligation set in the original Treaties of the then European Community. Because fish are a natural and mobile resource they are considered as common property. In addition, the Treaties which created the Community stated that there should be a common policy in this area, that is, common rules adopted at EU level and implemented in all Member States.


European Association of Fish Producers’ Organisations (EAPO) - European Association of Fish Producers Organisations.


The North Sea Commission Fisheries Partnership was founded to promote co-operation between scientists and fishers in monitoring and managing fisheries in the North Sea.


Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile for Holland - Netherlands - aquatic species caught by country or area, by species items, by FAO major fishing areas, and year, for all commercial, industrial, recreational and subsistence purposes. The harvest from mariculture, aquaculture and other kinds of fish farming is also included.


Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority - The three main tasks of the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority are: supervision, risk assessment and risk communication. Other important activities are incident and crisis management and policy advice for the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. A significant part of its work involves liaising with other ministries.


Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
The Netherlands is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world. Hence the pressure on the rural area is considerable. People have to live, work and relax there. Besides, space is needed for agricultural production and transport, while valuable nature areas and unique landscapes must be conserved for future generations. A balance must continually be struck between the various uses of the rural area. The motto of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality therefore is 'Food production and rural areas of international standing'.


Dutch Fish Marketing Board
Over the years the Dutch fishing industry has won a major position on the international market. A quarter of all fish is landed by the national fleet. The remaining three-quarters are imports. Eighty per cent of all fish is sold abroad which makes the Netherlands one of Europe's few net exporters, countries whose fish exports exceed their imports. Imports are currently some 1.3 billion euro, whereas exports generate over 2 billion euro, going mostly to European countries.

Location, energy and a rich maritime history created a fishing fleet of which the Dutch are proud; versatile and modern. In its present form, the Dutch fleet can roughly be divided into two parts: the cutter fleet and the trawler fleet. The cutter fleet consists of 400 cutter vessels, mostly beam cutters, which mainly fish for flatfish such as plaice and sole. There are also smaller euro-cutters and specialized shrimp cutters. Trawlers mostly fish for herring, mackerel, horse mackerel and sardinella, catches being processed immediately and frozen on board. And there is the modern mussel fleet, consisting of some 60 vessels with sophisticated equipment for farming and harvesting mussels.

Fish Auction
The fish auction is the essential trade step between fish landings and the trade. The Netherlands has eleven fish auctions where fresh fish is traded weekly and a number of smaller auctions located around the IJsselmeer where fresh water fish are traded. The auction provides space to unload and sort the fish and temporarily store it. Auction field staff assess the quality of every batch arriving. Each auction has a hall, known locally as the 'mijnzaal', where the actual auction takes place. Dutch fish auctions are equipped with modern equipment and meet all requirements with regard to temperature control, hygiene and efficient fish handling.

Processing Industry
Fish is often filleted, breaded, conserved or processed in one or another way before it is offered to the consumer. The Netherlands has approximately 400 companies involved in such processing and further trading. The processing of flat fish, crustaceans and shellfish accounts for the major part of turnover. The processing of herring and other pelagic species account for 15 per cent of turnover of the processing industry.

Fish trade
In the branche of fish processing sector there is a large variety of businesses. All in all, they add up to approximately 450 firms. The fish industry is concentrated mainly in the areas of Urk, IJmuiden and Yerseke (where shellfish are traded), but also in Spakenburg, where many wholesalers are based.

Holland is a major transit country for fish and is one of the few countries in the European Union that is a net exporter of fish. In Europe there is a great demand for raw material for the industry as well as for fish products for the consumer. It exceeds the European supplies and, as a consequence, over 50 per cent of the EU demand for fish is met by imports from third world countries by now.

In Holland the share of fish sales through the specialised fish shops is still satisfactory compared to European standards. The specialised shops constitute about 1800 outlets, half of which are mobile (for instance on markets). Even so, many people think the number of outlets is too small, putting a restraint on the consumption. The super markets have obviously thought the same, and over recent years we have seen an increase of their market share. Whereas the specialised shop sells its wet fish unpacked and on ice, some super markets are experimenting with pre-packed fish. This is a form of conditioned packaging, supplied straight from the processor to the super market.

Alaska pollack
Arctic char
Black oreo dory
Blue Mussel
Blue whiting
Bonito (little tuny)
Brown trout
Carpet shell
Cod roe
Crab sticks
Fish fingers
Fish snacks
Freshwater catfish
Grey mullet
Herring roe
Horse mackerel
John dory
King crab
Lemon sole
Mahi mahi
Matje herring
Nile perch
Norway lobster
Pike perch
Rainbow trout
Ray, Skate
Razor clam
Red mullet
Red mullet (striped mullet)
Salmon trout
Salted fish
Seafood cocktail
Shrimp (brown shrimp)
Silver smelt
Snow crab
Spanish mackerel
Spiny lobster (crawfish)
Trout roe
Venus (clam)


Dutch Fish Product Board
The Dutch fishing industry is well-organized. Fishermen, fish and shellfish farmers, fish processors, whole-salers and retailers, they all have their own interest organization. But in addition to that, they are united too, into the Dutch Fish Product Board.

Quota system and co-management
In order to avoid one country stealing all fish away from others and overexploitation of the North Sea, the European ministers yearly establish the quota of the amounts of fish to be caught. Biologists investigate the volumes of the various fish stocks. They give advice to the members of the European Committee, who in its turn, gives advice to the European Board of Ministers. Moreover, the representatives of the fishery branch can make their wishes clear to the national government. They indicate the amount of quoted fish the national fleet requires to fish all year round in order to have an economically sound branch. In the final decision phase at the Board of Ministers, the advices of the biologists and the economic arguments of the branch are taken into account. In the Netherlands the sector has developed a unique system for quota control, the so-called "Biesheuvel-groepen". It is a system based on co-management and social control. Groups of fishermen make arrangements among themselves to divide the fish quota. This system has proven to be very effective, the Dutch fishing sector has not over-fished quota in years!

Composition of the fleet and fishing methods
The Dutch fleet consists of approximately 400 cutters, sixteen large freezer trawlers and a number of shrimp cutters. Furthermore, there are approximately 80 IJsselmeer cutters and over 100 cutters fishing for shellfish (mussels, cockles and oysters).

Beam trawl
The first group of 400 cutters comprises a large number of powerfully propelled and modernly equipped beam trawl cutters, fishing for plaice and sole. They have a length of 40 to 45 metres, are fully seaworthy and make trips of four to five days. The beam trawl fishery uses two sets of gear that are dredged along the sea-bed in order to catch species such as plaice, sole, dab, turbot, brill and lemon sole. The tickler chains that scrape the bottom scare the fish out of the sand and into the net. The beam trawlers are equipped with two special booms to tow both sets of gear. They have a boom on either side in order to keep the gear parallel and at a sufficient distance from the cutter to prevent the nets getting entangled in the propeller and to maintain stability.

More than half of the flatfish landed by the beam trawlers is destined to be exported. Large filleting plants, based mostly in Urk and IJmuiden, buy the plaice and sole. Fresh or deep-frozen fillets of these fish find their way to consumers in Italy, Switzerland, France, America and many other countries.

Round fishery
Only a limited number of cutters are fully equipped for the fishing for cod, whiting and haddock. For convenience sake they are called round fish cutters. These boats are usually older than the modern beam trawl cutters. Their length varies from 27 to 34 metres and the capacity of their machinery varies from 500 to 1,200 hp. Their trips take two to four days.

Round fish is caught in various ways. In Holland the pair trawlers are used most. Two boats work one very large net that floats just above the sea-bed. Unlike most flatfish, round fish do not burrow in the sand, but swim at 0.5 to 4 metres above the bottom. The smaller version of a pair net is the trawl net, which can be towed by one vessel. In both cases the catch consists of cod, whiting and haddock.

Another method for catching cod and other round fish is a set net. Danish fishermen in particular are specialised in this technique. Only a couple fishermen from IJmuiden, Wieringen and Volendam used to fish in this way. They cast their nets around a wreck and wait about 24 hours to see if any fish has swam into the nets. This is a passive method of fishing, requiring little fuel because the ship does not have to tow a net. Moreover, the fishermen catch relatively large fish with set nets.

Shrimp fishery
Among the 400 cutters there are also boats that alternately fish for flatfish, shrimp and cod (round fish). Although these boats are usually smaller, they are very modern vessels of up to 25 metres, the so-called Euro cutters. In autumn they fish for shrimp and during the summer they fish for sole and plaice.

Shrimp fishery is much practised in Holland. Shrimps can be found along the entire coast, sometimes even at a few metres from the beach. The shrimp fishing fleet is therefore characterised by small vessels with a very limited draught. The estuaries in Zeeland and the Waddensea are attractive places for the shrimp.

As the shrimps are caught, they are immediately cooked aboard ship. After having been cooked, the crew cleans the shrimps from any impurities and the shrimps are stocked in refrigerated fish holds. At the auction, the shrimps are first transported over a sieve to sift the undersized shrimps. Then the sale in the auction room can commence. The traders send the shrimps to selling shops in Holland or abroad. In Holland the handshelling of shrimps has become too costly. In other countries, Morocco and Poland in particular, the Dutch wholesalers of shrimps have built ultramodern shelling shops, where the shrimps are shelled by hand. After the shrimps are shelled and returned to Holland, the fish retailer can buy his supplies of shrimps from the wholesalers.

Pelagic trawl fishery
The largest fishing vessels of the fleet belong to the category of freezer trawlers. These ships have a length of over 88 metres and the catches are deep frozen aboard ship immediately after sorting. The sixteen freezer trawlers make trips of three and sometimes even five weeks, depending on the kind of fish they want to catch and the location of the fish. The freezer trawlers have a global range. The major species of fish they catch are mackerel, horse mackerel, herring, blue whiting and silver smelt. The successfulness of this category of ships is largely due to the efficient methods of processing. As soon as the catch is hauled in, the fish are sorted below decks and given a preliminary refrigeration treatment. After having been sorted, the fish is transported over a conveyor belt to special trenches where the fish is deep-frozen. As soon as the temperature has sunk to –20° Celsius, the blocks of fish are ready to be packed in carton boxed. In the freeze hold, the temperature is –25° Celsius and this is where the fish is stocked during the trip. When the ships arrive in harbour at Vlissingen, Scheveningen, IJmuiden or Las Palmas, the deep frozen packs are directly transferred to freezer cells. From these freezer cells, owned by the shipping companies, the fish is exported mainly to Japan, Cuba, Egypt, Nigeria and East-European countries.

IJsselmeer fishery
The eighty or so cutters that fish the IJsselmeer are equipped with hoop nets to fish for eel. They all originate form places around the IJsselmeer. In the early spring the IJsselmeer fishermen fish with hoop nets for smelt. Boxes and long lines are also used for catching eel. The IJsselmeer cutters have a length varying between 10 to 20 metres and usually make day trips. The vessels are also equipped to fish with drift nets, with which they catch perch and pike-perch.

The hatcheries for mussels are in the Waddensea and the Oosterschelde. The Waddensea has the highest yearly yield of mussels. The mussel farmers have modern mussel cutters that are hardly smaller than the large beam trawl cutters. However, the mussel cutters have a very limited draught: a large beam trawl cutter may draw over five metre, but a mussel cutter requires a mere 90 centimetres in order to keep floating. After all, the Waddensea and the Oosterschelde are both very shallow. Twice a year, in spring and in autumn, the mussel farmer collects the all important mussel seed from wild stocks. After he has caught enough, he sows the mussel seed on the banks where he thinks the mussels have the best conditions to mature. Each farmer has his own banks, which he leases from the government. After two years the mussels are mature and fit for consumption. The farmer will then harvest the crop from his banks, after which the mussels are traded at the mussel auction in Yerseke. After having been sold to the traders, the mussels are transported to purification banks in the Oosterschelde. Here the mussels can repose and purify themselves internally from any sand or mud. After a certain period of purification the mussels are sold.

During the autumn cockle vessels fish in the estuaries in Zeeland and on tidal flats in the Waddensea, Westerschelde and Oosterschelde. Like the mussel cutters, the cockle vessels have a very limited draught. Cockles are exported in large quantities to Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. In Holland the cockle is not much eaten.

Oyster farmers, who mostly operate in the waters of Zeeland, use old mussel vessels. Most of these boats are over 30 years old. The oysters traded in Holland are the flat farmed oyster and the Japanese oyster (creuse). Oosterschelde and Grevelingen are good locations to farm oysters. Oysters are very easy to farm commercially, because they do not burrow into the ground.

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