Quality mark Cultivation
/Keurmerk Wild
Second choice


Buccinum undatum
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Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)

Cultivation- / Catchmethod

Trawls, Pots and traps

Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

The state of the stock of whelk is at most places unknown, but they are locally overfished. Whelks grow slowly and can get old, which makes them vulnerable to fishing pressure. There is no overarching fishery management for whelk and there are no catch limits.




The whelk is a large, edible sea snail. This species is very common in the North Atlantic Ocean, some Arctic islands and North America. This species is particularly common along the coasts of north-western Europe. The whelk lives at depths up to 100 m. They are scavengers and have a carnivorous diet. Empty egg capsules  of whelks are often found washed up on beaches.