The Plaice is a flatfish and is easily identified by its distinctive red or orange spots, smooth, brown skin, and bony ridge behind the eyes. Plaice range in market size from 25-40cm and feeds on worms, crustaceans and shellfish.
The Plaice prefers shell-grit or sandy bottoms and can normally be found near mussel beds. They may also inhabit depths up to approximately 200m, but usually found at 10-50m, with younger fish closer inshore.
Females mature, i.e. are able to spawn, between the ages of 3-7 years old. However, in the North Sea, most females mature at 3 years. Spawning season spans December to May. Each female releases eggs in batches every 3 to 5 days for approximately 1 month. The eggs hatch after approximately two weeks and drift passively in the plankton.
It is as pronounced a flavour as Lemon Sole.