Sea fish size limit chart

03 December 2009 16:33

Sea anglers who take their catches home for the table must be aware of the legalities of removing fish from the sea - they have to adhere to specific laws whereby fish under a certain size cannot be taken.

We, at Sea Angler magazine, follow the guidelines set out by the National Federation of Sea Anglers. Although not law per se their document and recommendations are far more sporting than those set out by governing bodies.

Take bass as an example. The law allows very small bass to be killed and taken, while the recommendations laid down by the NFSA state that the bass must be larger before it is taken.

So, to ensure you definitely follow the laws of this country, and also ensure you are more sporting when it comes to taking fish from the beach or boat, why not print out and follow the size guideline chart below...

 

SPECIE

MAFF (cm)

BOAT (cm)

SHORE (cm)

Bass

36

41

41

Bream

23

24

24

Brill

30

35

35

Bull Huss

58

58

Coalfish (Saith)

35

35

35

Cod

35

35

35

Conger Eel

28

120

91

Dab

23

20

20

LS Dogfish

46

38

Flounder

27

25

25

Garfish

38

38

Tub Gurnard

28

28

Haddock

30

35

30

Hake

27

30

30

John Dory

33

25

Ling

63

72

72

Mackerel

30

30

30

Megrim

20

25

25

Mullet

15

33

33

Plaice

27

28

28

Pollack

30

30

30

Pouting

25

18

Poor Cod

18

18

Rockling

18

18

Silver Eel

38

38

Spurdog

58

58

All Skates and Rays

41

41

Smoothhound

51

51

Sole

24

25

25

Scad

25

25

Trigger Fish

30

30

Turbot

30

41

35

Whiting

27

27

27

Witch

28

28

28

Ballan Wrasse

23

23

Unclassified

20

20

 

 

 

 

kg

kg

Halibut

10

3

Monkfish

7

7

Sharks

23

18

Tope

8

9