Perch (Perca fluviatilis)

Perca fluviatilisCommon name: Perch

Scientific name: Perca fluviatilis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Seasonality: all the year

Biological and ecological features of the species: It has an arched back, short head and is yellowish green in colour with some black vertical bands. Its first dorsal fin has a black spot, two dorsal fins, ventral fins in the thorax, anal fin, bilobed caudal fin, the opercula have a spike at the side. It is variable in colour: normally the main colour is olive green with dark bands crossing the body.

Max length: 51 cm

Minimum conservation reference size: Not applicable

Fishing gear: Traps or gill nets

Nutritional qualities:  The European perch, a freshwater fish populating lake environments, has tasty and well appreciated flesh, in spite of the numerous fishbones. For this reason this species is preferably commercialized as fillets. From the nutritional point of view this species has a lean flesh, regardless of its body size, and rich in proteins of high biological value. Its lipid fraction is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, in particular docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This fish is a good source of magnesium and selenium.

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