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BAC & ANGLING TRUST MINIMUM LANDING SIZES
PLUS SIFCA LEGAL MINIMUM LANDING SIZES

Please note that the Angling Trust list of minimum sizes has been revised as of July 2012
2nd July 2015: EU legal min for Bass raised to 42cms
The changes are now reflected in the following table.

Species

Boat   AT

Shore AT

Legal B + S (SIFCA)

ins

ins

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 (46cms)

18 (46cms)

42

16.5

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 (BAC)

8 ins & 8 ozs (BAC)

Porbeagle

Return (Note 5)

Return (Note 5)

Endangered

All large Sharks not otherwise listed

Recommended Return
51 lbs

Recommended Return
40 lbs












 


From Angling Trust web site as of Jan 2013:- 

 

  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

 

Tope, Monkfish, Shad (Alis & Twaite) Silver Eel & Undulate Rays may not be brought ashore.
The Angling Trust recommends that Porbeagle Shark and Spurdog should be returned.
Bac recommends that all other species of large shark be returned.
BAC has an additional limit of 8 ins and 8 ozs for any unspecified species for its own records & awards but would assist in any external record claim for a mini-species. 


 

 
ANGLING TRUST SPECIMEN AWARDS: MINIMUM SIZES FOR OUR AREA
Please note that this list will need to be amended by AT in the light of some species now being required to be released. 

AT SPECIMEN AWARDS Area E MINIMUM (LBS)

SPECIES

BOAT

SHORE

ANGLER FISH
Lophius Piscatorius

25.0

20.0

BASS

9.5

9.5

BREAM Black

3.5

2.0

BREAM Red

2.0

1.0

BREAM Gilthead

2.0

22.0

BRILL

4.5

1.5

BULL HUSS

10.0

8.0

CATFISH

5.0

4.0

COALFISH

5.0

2.0

COD

25.0

15.0

DAB

1.0

1.0

EEL CONGER

40.0

25.0

FLOUNDER

2.5

2.5

GARFISH

1.25

1.0

GURNARD Red

1.25

1.0

GURNARD Tub

2.0

1.0

HADDOCK

4.0

1.0

JOHN DORY

3.0

1.0

LS DOGFISH

3.0

2.5

LING

20.0

5.0

MACKEREL

2.0

1.25

MEGRIM

1.25

1.0

MONKFISH
Squatina squatina

35.0
illegal

25.0
illegal

MULLET (Thick Lipped)

5.0

5.0

MULLET (Golden Grey)

1.5

1.5

MULLET (Thin Lipped)

3.5

3.5

MULLET (Red)

1.5

1.25

PLAICE

4.5

3.25

POLLACK

15.0

5.0

POUTING

3.0

1.5

RAY (Blonde)

25.0

8.0

RAY (S E / Painted)

11.0

10

RAY (Spotted/Homelyn)

4.5

4.5

RAY (Sting)

30.0

30.0

RAY (Thornback)

13.0

8.0

RAY (Undulate)  WOB

14.0

12.0

ROCKLING (3 Bearded)

1.5

1.5

SCAD

1.5

1.0

SHARK (Blue)

40.0

40.0

SHARK (Mako)

40.0

40.0

SHARK (Porbeagle)

140.0

140.0

SHARK (Thresher)

110.0

110.0

SILVER EEL

2.5

2.5

SMOOTHHOUNDS (All)

15.0

12.0

SOLE

2.0

2.0

SPUR DOG

12.0

8.0

TOPE ESTIMATE ONLY

45.0

2.0

TRIGGER FISH

3.0

3.0

TURBOT

15.0

6.0

WEEVER

0.75

0.75

WHITING

3.5

1.5

WRASSE (Ballan)

3.0

2.0

WRASSE (Corkwing)

0.5

0.5

WRASSE (Cuckoo)

1.25

1.25

 
 
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