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Minimum Landing Sizes

Finfish

The statutory minimum sizes for finfish currently in force within the district, are set out below.

It is an offence (and liable to prosecution) for any person (whether an angler or a commercial fisherman) to take any fish that are smaller than the sizes given here.

If you need assistance/guidance on how to measure shellfish please contact us.

Information about how to correctly measure marine organisms is available from the document available to download below.

How to Measure Marine Organisms (pdf 156kb opens in new window)

Minimum Landing Size Card, Printable Version (pdf 225kb opens in new window)

Minimum Fish Sizes

Species Minimum Landing Size Species Photograph 

Bass - Dicentrarchus labrax

42 cm

Bass

Cod - Gadus morhua

35 cm

Cod

Haddock - Melanogrammus aeglefinus

30 cm

Haddock

Hake - Merluccius merluccius

27 cm

Hake

Herring - Clupea harengus

20 cm

Herring

Ling - Molva molva

63 cm

Ling

Mackerel - Scomber Scombrus

30 cm

Mackerel

Horse MackerelTrachurus Trachurus

15 cm

Horse Mackerel

Megrim - Lepidorhombus spp.

20 cm

Megrim

Plaice - Pleuronectes platessa

27 cm

Plaice

Pollack - Pollachius pollachius

30 cm

Pollack

Saithe - Pollachius virens

35 cm

Saithe

Sole - Solea spp.

24 cm

Sole

Whiting - Merlangius merlangus

27 cm

Whiting

 

 

This information is provided to assist the public and is not a full statement of law. Please refer to the relevant EU legislation, UK acts of parliament, statutory instruments and NEIFCA byelaws which may be amended from time to time.

 

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Shellfish

The statutory minimum sizes for shellfish in force within the district are set out below. 

It is an offence (and liable to prosecution) for any person (whether an angler or a commercial fisherman) to take any shellfish that are smaller than the sizes given here. 

If you need assistance/guidance on how to measure shellfish please contact us.

 

Minimum Shellfish Sizes

Species Minimum Landing Size Species Photograph 

Cockle - Cerastoderma edule

See NEIFCA byelaws - Tees Mouth and Cleveland Emergency Cockle Byelaw Regulation & XXIV Humber Estuary Cockle Fishery Byelaw

Cockle

Edible Crab - Cancer pagurus

140 mm

Edible crab

Velvet Crab - Liocarcinus puber

65 mm

Velvet crab

Lobster - Homarus gammarus

87 mm

Lobster

Norway LobsterNephrops norvegicus

Overall 85 mm
Carapace 25 mm
Tail 46 mm

Norway lobster

Mussel - Mytilus edulis

51 mm


Mussel

Razor Clam - Ensis spp.

100 mm

Razor clam

King Scallop - Pecten maximus

100 mm

King Scallop

Queen Scallop - Chlamys spp,

40 mm

Queen Scallop

Spider Crab - Maja squinado

Male 130 mm
Female 120 mm

Spider Crab

Whelks - Buccinum undatum

45 mm

Whelks


This information is provided to assist the public and is not a full statement of law. Please refer to the relevant EU legislation, UK acts of parliament, statutory instruments and NEIFCA byelaws which may be amended from time to time.

 

 

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