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Minimum legal sizes

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

FISH, MOLLUSC AND CRUSTACEA MINIMUM SIZE EMERGENCY BYELAW 2019 – click here for a copy of the Byelaw
The measurement of the size of a marine organism is specified within Schedule 1 of the Byelaw.

 

Finfish
Minimum Landing Size
BASS (Dicentrarchus labrax) 42 cm
COD (Gadus morhua) 35 cm
HADDOCK (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) 30 cm
HERRING (Clupea harengus) 20 cm
HORSE MACKEREL (Trachurus trachurus) 15 cm
MACKEREL (North Sea) (Scomber scomber) 30 cm
MACKEREL (Other Areas)(Scomber scomber) 20 cm
SOLE (Solea spp.) 24 cm
PLAICE  (Pleuronectes platessa) 27 cm
WHITING (Merlangius merlangius) 27 cm
HAKE (Merluccius merluccius) 27 cm
LING (Molva molva) 63 cm
POLLACK (Pollachius pollachius) 30 cm
SARDINE Sardina pilchardus) 11 cm

 

Crustacea
EUROPEAN LOBSTER (Homarus gammarus) 87 mm
EDIBLE CRAB (Cancer pagurus) 130 mm
VELVET SWIMMING CRAB (Necora puber) 65 mm
SPIDER CRAB (Maja squinado) 130 mm (males)120 mm (females)
120 mm (females)
Mollusc
QUEEN SCALLOP (Chlamys spp) 40 mm
SCALLOP (Pecten maximus) 110 mm
CARPETSHELL (Venerupis pullastra)  38 mm
WHELK (Buccinum undatum) 45 mm
RAZOR CLAM (Ensis spp) 100 mm
DONAX CLAMS (Donax spp.) 25 mm
HARD CLAM (Callista chione) 60 mm
SHORT-NECKED CLAM (Ruditapes phillipinnarum)  35 mm
GROOVED CARPETSHELL (Ruditapes decussatus) 40 mm
OCTOPUS (Octopus vulgaris) 750g