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ANGLING TRUST MINIMUM LANDING SIZES PLUS SIFCA LEGAL MINIMUM LANDING SIZES

Please note that the Angling Trust list of minimum sizes are recommended competition size limits and was revised in July 2012

Species

 

Boat   AT

ShoreAT

Legal B & S(SIFCA)

in

in

cm

in

 Angler fish 
Lophius Piscatorius

7kg (15lbs 8 oz)
(Was 30 lbs)

7kg (15lbs 8 oz)
(Was 30 lbs)

Not to be confused with Monkfish 

Bass

18

18

36

14

Bream Black

9.5

9.5

23

9

Bream Gilthead

9.5

9.5

   

Brill

14

14

30

11.8

Bullhuss

23

23

   

Coalfish

14

14

   

Cod

14

14

35

13.8

Conger

48

36

58

22.8

Dab

9

9

23

9.0

Dogfish LS

18

15

   

Flounder

11

11

27

10.7

Garfish

15

15

   

Gurnard (All)

11

11

   

Haddock

14

12

30

11.8

Hake (BAC)

12

12

27

10.7

Halibut 10kg 22lbs 3kg 7 lbs    
Herring  8  8 20 7.9

John Dory

13

10

   

Ling

28

28

63

24.8

Mackerel

12

12

20

7.9

Megrim

10

10

20

7.9

Monkfish
Squatina squatina
Illegal to retain
(was 15 lbs)
Illegal to retain
(was 15 lbs)
 Protected

Mullet Thick L, 
Thin L & GG

13

13

30

11.8

Plaice

11

11

27

10.7

Pollack

12

12

30

11.8

Poor Cod

7

7

   

Pouting

10

7

   

Red Mullett

 6 (Not in AT list) 6 (Not in AT list) 15

5.9

Silver Eel

Return

Return

   

Spurdog

Return Note 6

 Return Note 6

   

All Skates

16  (Across Wings)

16  (Across Wings)

40

15.7

All Ray
except Undulate

18 (Across Wings)

18 (Across Wings)

40

15.7

Ray Undulate

Must Return

Return

   

Rockling All

7

7

   

Scad

10

10

15

5.9

Shad Allis & Twaite

Return Note 3

Return Note 3

30

11.8

Smoothhound

20

20

   

Sole

10

10

24

9.5

Sole Lemon

10

10

25

9.8

Tope

Must Return (Was 20 Pounds)

20 Pounds

Illegal to retain from boat

Triggerfish

12

12

   

Turbot

16

14

30

11.8

Weaver

8

8

   

Whiting

11

11

27

10.7

Witch

11

11

   

Wrasse

9

9

   

Unspecified

8 ins & 8 ozs

8 ins & 8 ozs

   

Porbeagle

Return (Note 5)

Return (Note 5)

Endangered

All large Sharks not otherwise listed

Recommended Return
51 lbs

Recommended Return
40 lbs

   

 

  1. An Environment Agency byelaw prevent anglers from retaining the European eel (Anguilla anguilla). However, they can be retained for weighing or measuring but must be returned alive to the water they were taken from on completion of fishing. For the Angling Trust’s policy on retaining European eels click here

  2. Undulate ray are classified as endangered. We recommend that all fish are returned alive

  3. Shad are now protected under the (EU - Berne Convention) and all fish must be returned.

  4. Angel sharks (Monkfish) are listed under UK Wildlife and Countryside Act and will be protected against killing, injuring or taking (section 9(1)) on land and up to 3 nautical miles (nm) from English coastal baselines. 

  5. Porbeagle are critically endangered in the Northeast Atlantic. We recommend that all fish are returned alive

  6. Spurdog are classified as critically endangered in the Northeast Atlantic and we recommend that all fish are returned alive

  7. Anglers should be aware that there is a national restriction on landing tope caught from a boat, which includes kayaks, by rod and line. Any boat-caught tope are legally required to be released as soon as possible after capture. Details of the Tope (Prohibition of Fishing Order) 2008 can be found here

 

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