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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 (English)
  • Species (Latin)
Image MLS MLS Skagerrak/Kattegat
  • Cod
  • Gadus morhua
350 mm 300 mm
300 mm 270 mm
350 mm 300 mm
300 mm -
270 mm 300 mm
  • Megrim
  • Lepidorhombus spp.
200 mm 250 mm
  • Sole
  • Soleidae or solea
240 mm 240 mm
  • Plaice
  • Pleuronectes platessa
270 mm 270 mm
270 mm 230 mm
630 mm -
  • Blue ling
  • Molva dipterygiall
700 mm -
  • Bass
  • Dicentrarchus labrax
360 mm -
[1] 130 (40) mm [2]
200 mm (300 mm in North Sea) 200 mm
200 mm 180 mm
150 mm 150 mm
110 mm -
87 mm [3] 220 mm (78 mm)
120 mm -
40 mm -
  • Grooved carpetshell
  • Ruditapes decussatus
40 mm -
  • Carpetshell
  • Venerupis pullastra
38 mm -
  • Short-necked clam
  • Ruditapes phillippinarum
40 mm -
  • Clam
  • Venus verruosa
40 mm -
60 mm -
100 mm -
25 mm -
25 mm -
  • Bean solen
  • Pharus legumen
65 mm -
  • Whelk
  • Buccinum undatum
45 mm -
750 g -
1250 mm or 25 kg lower mandible -
700 mm or 6.4 kg -
  • Crawfish
  • Palinurus spp.
95 mm -
  • Deepwater rose shrimp
  • Parapenaeus longirostris
22 mm [3]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ 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 for full details.
  2. ^ The MLS for prawns is a minimum total length of 130 mm with a minimum carapace length of 40 mm.
  3. ^ a b Size given is for minimum carapace length. No minimum total length is stipulated.

References

  • (Adobe PDF file - UK Government - English Language)


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