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Minimum Sizes

Minimum legal sizes

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

MINIMUM SIZES BYELAW  click here for a copy of the Byelaw The measurement of the size of a marine organism is specified within Schedule 2 of the Byelaw.  

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

 

Crustacea    
EUROPEAN LOBSTER (Homarus gammarus) 87 mm  
EDIBLE CRAB (Cancer pagurus) ICES sub area IVc 130 mm ICS sub area VIId 140mm  
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