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MAFF Minimum Size Limits

Dab...................boat 8" shore 8"

Flounder............boat 10" shore 10"

Sole...................boat 10" shore 10"

Plaice.................boat 11" shore 11"

Mullet.................boat 13" shore 13"

Mackeral............boat 12" shore 12"

Pollack................boat 12" shore 12"

Garfish.................boat 15" shore 15"

Coalfish................boat 14" shore 14"

Ballan Wrasse.......boat 9" shore 9"

Bass.....................boat 16" shore 16"

Cod......................boat 14" shore 14"

Poor Cod..............boat 7.25" shore 7.25"

Whiting..................boat 10.6" shore 10.6"

Haddock...............boat 14" shore 12"

L/Spotted Dogfish..boat 18" shore 15"

Bull Huss...............boat 23" shore 23"

Spurdog................boat 23" shore 23"

Smoothhound........boat 20" shore 20"

Rays.....................boat 16" shore 16"

Conger Eel ...........boat 48" shore 36"

Silver Eel...............boat 15" shore 15"

John Dory..............boat 13" shore 10"

Tub Gurnard..........boat 11" shore 11"

Ling.......................boat 28" shore 28"

Rockling................boat 7.25" shore 7.25"

Pouting..................boat 10" shore 7.25"

Red Bream............boat 10" shore 10"

Black Bream..........boat 9.5" shore 9.5"

Brill........................boat 14" shore 14"
these are wrong phil, the legal ones are the maff/defra ones in the first post i've checked their website and the eastern sea fisheries joint committe website as well, some spieces don't have a legal min size
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thanx 4 the size chart guys!!! i never keep anything i wouldnt eat even sizable fish...but then i only target certain species....unless i`m going 2 use it 4 bait!!! but 4 the amature there has 2 b certain regulations in place!! i seen kids catch undersized fish then kick them around a pier just 4 laughs!! that would b like me going into there house & kicking they`r little brother or sister around their front room.... so how would they like that???? am sorry but i am psssionate about my fishing &believe that small fish deserve a chance 2 survive,grow& become breeding fish of the future !! its not about catching...its about fishing!!!
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thanks as a fairly new fisherman i found it very helpfull. i for one put them back if there not big enough to eat.hope others do the same as this will see our fish stocks at a good level.
what 2 do??????? put back the juveniles that r not breeding with the hope that they may do so in the future.... or do u put back the bigger breeding fish???? welcome 2 confused.angler!!! also if u put back a small fish.... chances r that sum1 else may keep it!!! at the end of the day it still boils down 2 common sense!!! happy fishing buddy!!! i kno wot i`m gonna do.....if its big enough....keep it!!!
 

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Please find attached the Minimum Landing Size Card I created Oct 2008.

It covers all finfish and shellfish legal minimum sizes as defined by DEFRA and local English Sea Fisheries Committees (SFCs).

I hope it is fairly straightforward to use. Where there is no local or national legal size limit there is a dash and you may wish to use the NFSA size. Otherwise there is a right arrow to indicate the national limit must be used or there is a local size limit that supercedes the national limit.

Any constructive comments welcome.
 

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might be stupid but perhaps if someone out there could design flexi ruler with all the sizes on and a lil pic of a the fish :) then see if a company will make it possibly.....not dure if there already one tho
 

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might be stupid but perhaps if someone out there could design flexi ruler with all the sizes on and a lil pic of a the fish :) then see if a company will make it possibly.....not dure if there already one tho
breakaway do a flexi, adjustable rule, no pics though just names
 

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hiya

If you go to Ponoko.com you can make a plastic chart on there if someone is good with corel or inkscape, you send the art and a company cuts, lazers and ships it to you.

it can be made with acrylic, i thought outlines of the fish would be good :bounce:

the more you buy the cheaper it gets, lots of materials to choose from.


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Its good to see this thread i'm glad there are some fellow like minded sea angers out there who do actually care about size limits. I also believe that alot of the sizes especially bass and cod should be increased.
 

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very helpful
thanks
 

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quick question on the ray/skate min size is that a wing span measurement or nose to tail ?
 

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i have just made up two of the following signs and i will be putting them up at salthouse this week end they are on card and are laminated

even if only one person reads them and adheres to them its a start


Minimum SIZE LIMITS (cm & in):
Bass - 36cm/14in.
Cod - 35cm/14in.
Dab- 20cm/8in.
Dog fish- 38cm/15in
Flounder- 25cm/10in.
Herring - 20cm/8in.
Mackerel - 30cm/12in North Sea.
Megrim - 20cm/8in.
Pouting- 18cm/7.25in.
Plaice - 27cm/11in.
Pollock - 30cm/12in.
Rockling- 18cm/7.25in Scad - 15cm/6in.
Smoothound- 51cm/20in.
Sole - 24cm/10in.
Whiting – 27cm/10.6in.
You have the old size for taking bass on there mate 42cm now
 
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