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Minimum legal sizes

ALL FISH BELOW THESE SIZES MUST BE RETURNED IMMEDIATELY TO THE SEA

Council Regulation (EEC) 850/98, Statutory Instruments
* Kent and Essex Sea Fisheries Committee Byelaws
Unless specified all measurements apply to the dimension of length. Additional information regarding the method of measurement should be referred to if necessary.

Finfish
Minimum Landing Size Avg. Breeding Size   
BASS 42 cm 46 cm
COD 35 cm 60 cm
HADDOCK 30 cm 40 cm
HERRING 20 cm
HORSE MACKEREL 15 cm 30 cm
MACKEREL (North Sea) 30 cm 34 cm
MACKEREL (Other Areas) 20 cm 34 cm
SOLE 24 cm 35 cm
PLAICE 27 cm 35 cm
WHITING 27 cm 30 cm
GREY MULLET* 30 cm 47 cm
SKATES & RAYS (Wing tip to wing tip) 40 cm 41 cm
SKATES & RAYS (Detached wings) 19 cm N/A
Eel Do Not Keep
Tope Do Not Keep

 

Crustacea
LOBSTER (Homarus gammarus) 87 mm carapace length
EDIBLE CRAB (Cancer pagurus) 130 mm carapace width
VELVET CRAB (Necora puber) 65 mm carapace width
SPIDER CRAB (Maia squinado) 130 mm (males)120 mm (females) carapace lengthcarapace length
CRAWFISH (Palinurus spp.) 95 mm carapace length

 

Minimum sizes for less common species are as follows (cm):-
Anchovy 12, Bluefin Tuna 6.4kg, Blue Ling 70, Hake 27, Ling 63, Megrim 20, Octopus 0.75kg, Pollack 30, Saith 35, Sardine 11, Swordfish 25kg/125cm

Minimum sizes for molluscs may be found in the Regulations pages

Undersized marine organisms shall not be retained on board or be transhipped, landed, transported, stored, sold, displayed or offered for sale, but shall be returned immediately into the sea