Mesh Sizes

Fixed Gear

Bottom set gill nets or entangling nets shall mean any fixed gear made up of a single piece of net, fixed,
or capable of being fixed by any means to the bottom of the sea

Trammel nets shall mean any fixed gear made up of two or more pieces of net hung jointly in parallel on a
single headline fixed, or capable of being fixed, by any means to the bottom of the sea
(Article 3(g) and 3(h) of EC Reg No.850/98)
 

Target Species for Fixed Nets
(Annex VI EC Reg No. 850/98)

Species
10-30mm
50-70mm
90-99mm
100-119mm
120-219mm
220mm+
Sardine (Sardina pilchardus)
 
T
T
T
T
T
T
Eel (Anguilla anguilla)
 
T
T
T
T
T
T
Sprat (Sprattus sprattus)
 
T
T
T
T
T
T
Horse Mackerel (Trachurus spp.)
 
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T
T
T
T
T
Herring (Clupea harengus)
 
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T
T
T
T
T
Mackerel (Scomber spp.)
 
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T
T
T
T
T
Red Mullets (Mullidae)
 
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T
T
T
T
T
Garfish (Belone spp.)
 
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T
T
T
T
T
Sea bass (Dicentrachus labrax)
 
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T
T
T
T
Grey Mullets (Mugilidae)
 
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T
T
T
T
Lesser spotted dogfish (Scyliorhinus canicula)
 
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T
T
T
T
Dab (Limanda limanda)
 
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T
T
T
T
Whiting (Merlangius merlangus)
 
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T
T
T
T
Flounder (Platichthys flesus)
 
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T
T
T
T
Sole (Solea vulgaris)
 
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T
T
T
T
Haddock (Merlanogrammus aeglefinus)
 
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T
T
T
Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa)
 
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T
T
T
Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)
 
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T
T
T
Cod (Gadus morhua)
 
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T(5)
T
Pollack (pollachius pollachius)
 
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T
T
Ling (Molva molva)
 
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T
T
Saithe (Pollachius virens)
 
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T
T
Hake (Merluccius merluccius)
 
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T
T
Picked Dogfish (Squalus acanthias)
 
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T
T
Greater Spotted Dogfish (Scyliorhinus stellaris)
 
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T
T
Megrim (Lepidorhombus spp.)
 
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T
T
Lumpsucker (Cylopterus lumpus)
 
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T
T
Other Marine Organisms
 
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T

Notes
(1) Mesh Size Ranges 31 - 49mm & 71 - 89mm are banned.
(2) Target Species must account for 70% of the Catch.
(3) The minimum percentage of target species may be obtained by aggregating the quantities of all the target species caught.
(4) Provisions for fixed gear do not apply to salmonids, lampreys or hagfish.
(5) No more than 30% cod should be retained from nets whose mesh is less than 140mm.

 

Please note the above mesh sizes are EU mesh sizes, please check local Bylaws as these sometimes differ to the above.

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