Sustainable Sunday’s – Minimum Landing Sizes.

Sustainable Sunday’s is a new series where we are looking into sustainable fishing methods and giving you tips on how to live more sustainably. We’ll be covering a variety of topics from how to pick the right fish, to looking at how fishermen are helping to secure our seas for the future. 

Dr Carly Daniels measuring a lobster – Photo by Johnny Fenn

Today we’re going to have a look at minimum landing sizes and how it can help sustain the future of a species. 
So what is a minimum landing size? When a fish or crustacean is caught, there is a minimum landing size to be adhered too (i.e. a minimum measurement the animal must fulfil in order to be caught).

Minimum landing sizes are utilised all over the world but can vary depending on location and species. This is a great way to ensure that we protect immature animals by giving them a future and improved chance to produce offspring of their own.

The minimum landing size for a European lobster in the Southwest/Cornwall is 90mm on the carapace (measuring from behind the eye to the rear of the carapace). This size can vary depending on where you are in Europe.
See the diagram here to learn how to measure a lobster. 

Tips for fishermen:

If you’re new to the fishing industry it can be hard to tell if a lobster fits the minimum landing size, to help, you can get a gauge to help measure them (as seen in the photo). The more you fish the better eye you will have to pick out lobsters that are the correct size; but if you are ever unsure you can double check with the gauge. These will often be given out by your local IFCA for free.
For Fishermen in Cornwall – Have a look here to get your gauge.

For more minimum landing sizes have a look Here.