Life-giving remains from the ice age

The Dogger bank is an exciting place full of life.

An important area of the North Sea

54:30N  02:10E    Depth 20 m

Dogger Bank is one of the large areas in the North Sea with sandy bottom. It looks like a submerged desert, but it is full of life.

Almost 75% of the North Sea’s area is coverd in sand. Dogger Bank is an enormous bank made of sand deposits from the last ice age. It spreads over 30.000 square kilometres and the depth varies between 15 metres and 40 metres.

The areas with sand bottom looks like endless, waste deserts, but actually there is plenty of life in the bottom. Myriads of worms, mussels, sea urchins and crustaceans live here and the areas with sand bottom is like gigantic larders for a lot of fish – some of the most important for the fishing industry are plaice, sole, cod, haddock and sand launce.

Fishing tools for fishing on the sand bottom are mostly Danish seine and trawl. The Danish seine is particularly suitable for plaice and cod. The large trawlers gather on Dogger Bank in the spring and early summer to catch sand launce – the most important fish for the Danish fishermen.