Minimum Sizes

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Minimum sizes 

The tables below indicate the minimum sizes for fish and shellfish.  All fish below these sizes must be returned immediately to the sea.

A printable version of this information (which also includes mesh size requirements) can be downloaded by clicking here

Table 1. finfish minimum sizes

SpeciesMinimum size
Bass42cm
Cod35cm
Haddock30cm
Herring20cm
Horse Mackerel15cm
Mackerel (North Sea)30cm
Mackerel (Other areas)20cm
Sole24cm
Plaice27cm
Whiting27cm

 

Table 2. Shellfish minimum sizes

Species Minimum sizeMeasurement type
Edible Crab115mmWidth the carapace (figure 1)
Lobster87mmLength of carapace (figure 2)
Mussels (outside of the Wash)50mmLength of Shell (figure 3)
Razor Clams100mmLength of Shell (figure 3)
Surf clam25mmLength of Shell (figure 3)
Velvet Crab65mmWidth of carapace (figure 1)
Whelks (caught inside the district)55mmLength of Shell (figure 3)
Whelks (caught outside the district)45mmLength of Shell (figure 3)

 

Figure 1. Measurement of the width of an edible crab

Crab_min_Size

 

Figure 2. Measurement of the carapace of a lobster

Lobster_Min_Size

 

Figure 3. measurement of the length of the shell (i.e. at the longest part)

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