Pullet carpetshell

Venerupis pullastra

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?

  • Atlantic
  • Mediterranean
  • Kattegat-Skagerrak

HOW TO MEASURE?

Shell length (cm)

DOES IT HAVE A LEGAL SIZE?

Yes

HOW TO MEASURE

DISTRIBUTION MAP


DISTRIBUTION

Present in the Eastern Atlantic from the coastal areas of Norway to North-west Africa. Also found in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

ECOLOGY

Bivalve molluscs present from the low tide mark to a depth of 40 m. It burrows to a depth of 5 cm in sandy and muddy bottoms. They are filter feeding species.

FISHERIES

Caught mainly in fisheries using bottom gears such as dredges.

DID YOU KNOW

The earliest records of pullet carpet shell fishing and consumption are from the 16th century although intensive fishing for these species began in the first quarter of last century.