Minimum Sizes

The current minimum landing sizes of fish and shellfish within the North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority district. The sizes apply both at sea and on the shoreline, for both commercial and recreational use. Any fish or shellfish below this size must be immediately returned to the sea.

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Shellfish Species

Shellfish Species Minimum Size
Bean Solen (Pharus legumen) 65mm*
Carpet shell (Venerupis pallustra) 38mm
Cockle (Cerastoderma edule) Shall not pass through a square opening of 20mm.
Clam (Venus verrucosa) 40mm
Crawfish (Palinurus spp) 95mm
Deepwater Rose Shrimp (Parapenaeus longirostris) 22mm
Donax Clam (Donax spp) 25mm
Edible Crab (Cancer pagurus) 130mm
Hard Clam (Callista chione) 60mm
Lobster (Homarus gammarus) 87mm
Mussel (Mytulis edulis) 45mm*
Nephrops (Nephrops norvegicus) 20mm carapace length or 70mm overall length
Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) 750g
Queen Scallop (Aequipecten opercularis) 40mm*
Razor Clam (Ensis spp) 100mm*
Scallop (Pecten maximus) 110mm*
Short Necked Clam (Ruditapes phillipinarum) 40mm
Spider Crab (Maia squinado) 130mm (Male) or 120mm (Female)
Surf Clam (Spisula solidissima) 25mm
Velvet Crab (Liocarcinus puber) 65mm
Whelk (Buccinum undatum) 45mm*

*Longest part of shell.

Fish Species

Fish Species Minimum Size
Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) 420mm
Black Seabream (Spondyliosoma cantharus) 230mm
Blue Ling (Molva dypterygia) 700mm
Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) 700mm Or 6.4kg
Brill (Scophthalmus rhombus) 300mm
Cod (Gadus morhua) 350mm
Conger Eel (Conger conger) 580mm
Dab (Limanda limanda) 150mm
Flounder (Platichthys flesus) 250mm
Grey Mullet (Chelon labrosus) 200mm
Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) 300mm
Hake (Merluccius merluccius) 270mm
Herring (Clupea harengus) 200mm
Horse Mackerel (Trachurus trachurus) 150mm
Lemon Sole (Microstomus kitt) 250mm
Ling (Molva molva) 630mm
Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) 200mm
Megrim (Lepidorhombus spp.) 200mm
Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) 270mm
Pollack (Pollachius pollachius) 300mm
Red Mullet (Mullus surmuletus) 150mm
Red Seabream (Pagellus bogaraveo) 250mm
Saithe/Coley (Pollachius virens) 350mm
Sole (Solea solea) 240mm
Swordfish (Xiphius gladius) 25kg or 1250mm lower mandible
Turbot (Psetta maxima) 300mm
Whiting (Merlangius merlangus) 270mm
Witch Flounder (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus) 280mm