European Fishery MLS

In European Union member states, there exists a standard set of minimum landing sizes (MLS) for all major species of finfish and shellfish. These MLS are set under EU Council Regulation 850/98.

Species Image MLS[1] MLS Skagerrak/Kattegat
  • Cod
  • Gadus morhua
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350 mm 300 mm
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300 mm 270 mm
  • Saithe (Coalfish)
  • Pollachius virens
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350 mm 300 mm
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300 mm
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270 mm 300 mm
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200 mm 250 mm
  • Sole
  • Soleidae or solea
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240 mm 240 mm
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270 mm 270 mm
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270 mm 230 mm
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630 mm
700 mm
  • Bass
  • Dicentrarchus labrax
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420 mm
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85 mm[2] 130 (40) mm [3]
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200 mm (300 mm in North Sea) 200 mm
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200 mm 180 mm
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150 mm 150 mm
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110 mm
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87 mm[4] 220 mm (78 mm)
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Male: 130 mm

Female: 120 mm

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40 mm
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40 mm
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38 mm
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35 mm
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40 mm
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60 mm
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100 mm
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25 mm
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25 mm
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65 mm
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45 mm
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750 grams
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1250 mm or 25 kg lower mandible
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700 mm or 6.4 kg
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95 mm
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22 mm[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Minimum Conservation Reference Sizes (MCRS) in UK waters". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  2. ^ There are various MLS for prawns depending on the area in which they are caught. Common MLS are carapace lengths of 25 mm or 20 mm combined with a total length of 85 mm or 70 mm. See here Archived 2006-12-09 at the Wayback Machine for full details.
  3. ^ The MLS for prawns is a minimum total length of 130 mm with a minimum carapace length of 40 mm.
  4. ^ a b Size given is for minimum carapace length. No minimum total length is stipulated.