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Perch - European

Perch - European
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Also known as:

Redfin

redfin perch

English perch

perch

Eurasian perch

Eurasian river perch

common perch

Common Group Name:

Freshwater Perches of Nthn Hemisphere

Family Name:

Percidae

Genus Name:

Perca

Species Name:

Perca fluviatilis


Dispatch Method:

To maximise their eating qualities European perch should be killed humanely by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before being placed in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • European perch are a typical perch shape, greenish to black dorsally with bright red pelvic, anal and tail fins. The body is grey to yellow with several darker vertical bands that fade as they near the belly.

Fish Distribution:

  • European perch occur naturally throughout Europe to the northernmost extremity of Scandinavia, including rivers draining to the Arctic Ocean.
  • This species has been widely introduced into several countries including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and China.

Fish Size Common Length:

Commonly 10-16 inches (25-40 cm) long. Maximum size around 22 inches (55 cm) and 8 pounds.