Although this survey is designed for plaice and sole (and other flatfish), we catch many other species.
Some are big and some are small, but most people have a preferred species. People like to be on a picture with their ‘special friend’. Sieto carries a monkfish, Lorna prefers the circle crab.
We’re about 5 days at sea now, and the work proceeds very well. This morning, we reached the Moray Firth, a roughly triangular inlet (or firth) of the North Sea, north and east of Inverness, which is a nursery area for plaice and dab. It is a special area for us, first of all because we see land for the first time after days at sea, secondly because its known as a dolphin watching area, and last because the catches often contain something special. Today, we had two skates (Dipturus batis), which is a rare species in the North Sea.