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.

Please note that there are two sets of additional minimum sizes; one that applies in the former North Western Sea Fisheries Committee district and one that applies in the former Cumbria Sea Fisheries Committee District.

Bass Measures 2018

All recreational fishing for Bass is catch and release only until 1st October 2018.

Between 1st October 2018 and 31st December 2018 recreational anglers may retain one European seabass (over 42cm) per fisher per day.

Minimum Sizes that apply in the Whole District

These sizes apply throughout our district. Please note that additional size byelaws apply depending on whether you are in the former North Western Sea Fisheries Committee district or the former Cumbria Sea Fisheries Committee District; these can be found below these tables.

Fish Species

Fish Species Minimum Size
Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax 420mm
Blue Ling (Molva dypterygia) 700mm
Cod (Gadus morhua) 350mm
Dab (Limanda limanda) 150mm
Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) 300mm
Hake (Merluccius merluccius) 270mm
Herring (Clupea harengus) 200mm
Horse Mackerel (Trachurus trachurus) 150mm
Ling (Molva molva) 630mm
Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) 200mm
Megrim (Lepidorhombus sp.) 200mm
Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) 270mm
Pollack (Pollachius pollachius) 300mm
Red Seabream (Pagellus bogaraveo) 330mm
Saithe/Coley (Pollachius virens) 350mm
Sole (Solea sp.) 240mm
Whiting (Merlangius merlangus) 270mm

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 sp.) 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 total length
Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) 750g
Queen Scallop (Aequipecten opercularis) 40mm*
Razor Clam (Ensis sp.) 100mm*
Scallop (Pecten maximus) 110mm*
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.

Minimum Sizes that apply in the former North Western Sea Fisheries Committee District

These sizes apply between the Welsh border in the Dee Estuary to Haverigg Point in Cumbria.

Fish Species

Fish Species Minimum Size
Black Seabream (Spondyliosoma cantharus) 230mm
Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) 700mm or 6.4kg
Brill (Scophthalmus rhombus) 300mm
Conger Eel (Conger conger) 580mm
Flounder (Platichthys flesus) 250mm
Grey Mullet (Chelon labrosus) 200mm
Lemon Sole (Microstomus kitt) 250mm
Red Mullet (Mullus surmuletus) 150mm
Swordfish (Xiphius gladius) 25kg or lower mandible 1250mm
Turbot (Psetta maxima) 300mm
Witch Flounder (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus) 280mm

Shellfish

Fish Species Minimum Size
Short Necked Clam (Ruditapes phillippinarum) 40mm

Minimum Sizes that apply in the former Cumbria Sea Fisheries Committee District

These sizes apply from Haverigg Point in Cumbria to the Scottish border in the Solway Firth.

Fish Species

Fish Species Minimum Size
Skate or Ray 45cm between the extreme tips of the wings
Skate or Ray – Wings that have been detached from the body. 22cm in its maximum dimensions

Shellfish

Fish Species Minimum Size
Short Necked Clam (Ruditapes phillippinarum) 35mm
Winkle (Littorina littorea) Shall not pass through a square opening of 16mm