Minimum Size Limits for Shore Caught Fish

Species Minimum Length
cm/inches
Notes
Bass 42/16½ Legislation passed to make bass catch-and-release only for anglers all of 2018.
Black Bream 23/9½
Brill 35/14
Bull Huss 58/23
Coalfish 35/14
Cod 35/14
Conger Eel 91/36 Usually released by anglers due to breeding patterns. See conger eel article for details.
Dab 20/8
Dogfish 38/15
Flounder 27/10
Garfish 38/15
Gurnard (Tub) 28/11
Haddock 30/12
Hake 30/12
Herring 20/8
Ling 63/25
Mackerel 30/12
Megrim 25/10
Mullet 33/13 Applies to thin lipped grey, thick lipped grey and golden grey.
Mullet (Red) 20/8
Plaice 28/11
Pollock 35/14
Poor Cod 18/7½
Pouting 18/7½
Ray 41/16 Almost all ray species are classed as Vulberable or Near Threatened by the IUCN. Recommended that anglers catch and release ray species.
Rockling 18/7½
Scad 25/10
Silver Eel 38/15 Classed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Protected by laws which mean this species needs to be released if it is caught by anglers.
Skate 41/16 Classed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Recommended that all silver eels caught are released, regardless of size.
Sole 25/10
Smoothound 51/20
Spurdog 58/23 Numbers massively reduced in UK waters. Classed as Vulnerale by the IUCN. Recommended that all spurdog are released.
Turbot 41/16
Whiting 27/11
Wrasse 23/9
Unclassified 20/8 All other fish and mini-species that are not listed
Other Species

Halibut – May be protected by local bye-laws and need to be released.

Monkfish – May be protected by local bye-laws and need to be released.

All large shark species – May be protected by local bye-laws and need to be released.

Tope – May be protected by local bye-laws and need to be released.

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