European Fishery MLS

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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
Atlantic cod.jpg
350 mm 300 mm
Melanogrammus aeglefinus.jpg
300 mm 270 mm
Pollachius virens 01.jpg
350 mm 300 mm
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300 mm -
Merluccius bilinearis.jpg
270 mm 300 mm
  • Megrim
  • Lepidorhombus spp.
200 mm 250 mm
  • Sole
  • Soleidae or solea
Pegusa lascaris.jpg
240 mm 240 mm
  • Plaice
  • Pleuronectes platessa
Pleuronectes platessa.jpg
270 mm 270 mm
Vitling, Iduns kokbok.jpg
270 mm 230 mm
Molva molva.jpg
630 mm -
  • Blue ling
  • Molva dipterygiall
700 mm -
  • Bass
  • Dicentrarchus labrax
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360 mm -
Nephrops norvegicus.jpg
[1] 130 (40) mm [2]
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200 mm (300 mm in North Sea) 200 mm
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200 mm 180 mm
150 mm 150 mm
110 mm -
Homarus gammarus(01).jpg
87 mm [3] 220 mm (78 mm)
Maja squinado underside.jpg
120 mm -
Scallop eyes.jpg
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 -
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25 mm -
  • Bean solen
  • Pharus legumen
65 mm -
  • Whelk
  • Buccinum undatum
45 mm -
750 g -
Xiphias gladius1.jpg
1250 mm or 25 kg lower mandible -
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700 mm or 6.4 kg -
  • Crawfish
  • Palinurus spp.
95 mm -
  • Deepwater rose shrimp
  • Parapenaeus longirostris
22 mm [3]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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.

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