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Minimum size of the fish in Spanish fishing-grounds

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In this section we place at your disposal the minimum sizes established for certain species of fish in Spanish fishing-grounds. This list does not pretend to be a guide for all the fish we can catch on our coasts as it only includes the species for which there is some kind of fishing limit. On the specifications for each species we can see if there is a minimum required size in a specific fishing-ground or whether no minimum size has been determined in that fishing-ground .

Minimum fish sizes

Abadejo

Minimum size for fishing Abadejo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 30 cm
Scientific name: Pallachius pollachius

Acedía

Minimum size for fishing Acedía
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 15 cm
Scientific name: Dicologoglossa cuneata

Aguja

Minimum size for fishing Aguja
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 25 cm
Canario minimum required size 25 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 25 cm
Scientific name: Belone Belone

Aligote

Minimum size for fishing Aligote
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum required size 12 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Pagellus acarne

Anguila

Minimum size for fishing Anguila
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size ?
Scientific name: Anguilla anguilla

Arenque

Minimum size for fishing Arenque
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 20 cm
Scientific name: Clupea harengus

Atún rojo

Minimum size for fishing Atún rojo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 80 cm  (min. 10 kg)
Canario minimum required size 6,4 kg
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 6,4 kg
Scientific name: Thunnus thynnus

Bacaladilla

Minimum size for fishing Bacaladilla
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 15 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Micromesistius poutassou

Bacalao

Minimum size for fishing Bacalao
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 35 cm
Scientific name: Gadus morhua

Besugo

Minimum size for fishing Besugo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 12 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 25 cm
Scientific name: Pagellus bogaraveo

Boga

Minimum size for fishing Boga
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 11 cm
Canario minimum required size 11 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 11 cm
Scientific name: Boops boops

Bogavante

Minimum size for fishing Bogavante
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size longitud cefalotórax 8,5 cm
longitud total 24 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Homarus gammarus

Boquerón

Minimum size for fishing Boquerón
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 9 cm
Canario minimum required size 9 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 12 cm
Scientific name: Engraulis encrasicolus

Buey de mar

Minimum size for fishing Buey de mar
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size ?
Scientific name: Cancer pagurus

Caballa y estornino

Minimum size for fishing Caballa y estornino
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 18 cm
Canario minimum required size 18 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 20 cm
Scientific name: Scomber spp.

Cabrilla

Minimum size for fishing Cabrilla
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum required size 15 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Serranus cabrilla

Cachucho

Minimum size for fishing Cachucho
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum required size 18 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Dentex macrophtalmus

Capellán o mollera

Minimum size for fishing Capellán o mollera
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 11 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Trisopterus minutus

Carbonero

Minimum size for fishing Carbonero
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 35 cm
Scientific name: Pollachius virens

Centolla

Minimum size for fishing Centolla
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 12 cm
Scientific name: Maja squinado

Cherna

Minimum size for fishing Cherna
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 45 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Polyprion americanus

Chopa

Minimum size for fishing Chopa
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum required size 19 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 23 cm
Scientific name: Spondyliosoma cantharus

Cigala

Minimum size for fishing Cigala
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size longitud cefalotórax 2 cm
longitud total 7 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size longitud cefalotórax 2 cm
longitud total 7 cm
Scientific name: Nephrops norvegicus

Congrio

Minimum size for fishing Congrio
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 58 cm
Scientific name: Conger conger

Dorada

Minimum size for fishing Dorada
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 20 cm
Canario minimum required size 19 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 19 cm
Scientific name: Sparus aurata

Eglefino

Minimum size for fishing Eglefino
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 30 cm
Scientific name: Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Faneca

Minimum size for fishing Faneca
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size ?
Scientific name: Trisopterus luscus

Gallo

Minimum size for fishing Gallo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 15 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 20 cm
Scientific name: Lepidorhombus spp

Gitano

Minimum size for fishing Gitano
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum required size 35 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Mycteroperca fusca

Jurel

Minimum size for fishing Jurel
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 12 cm
Canario minimum required size 12 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 15 cm
Scientific name: Trachurus trachurus

Langosta

Minimum size for fishing Langosta
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 24 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Palinuridae

Langostino

Minimum size for fishing Langostino
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 10 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Panaeux kerathurus

Lenguado

Minimum size for fishing Lenguado
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 20 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 24 cm
Scientific name: Solea vulgaris

Limanda

Minimum size for fishing Limanda
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 23 cm
Scientific name: Limanda limanda

Lisa

Minimum size for fishing Lisa
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 16 cm
Canario minimum required size 14 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 20 cm
Scientific name: Mugil spp.

Lobo viejo

Minimum size for fishing Lobo viejo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum required size 20 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Sparisoma cretense

Lubina o robalo

Minimum size for fishing Lubina o robalo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 23 cm
Canario minimum required size 22 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 36 cm
Scientific name: Dicentrarchus labrax

Maruca

Minimum size for fishing Maruca
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 63 cm
Scientific name: Molva molva

Maruca azul

Minimum size for fishing Maruca azul
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 70 cm
Scientific name: Molva Dypterygia

Mendo

Minimum size for fishing Mendo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 28 cm
Scientific name: Gliptocephalus cynoglossus

Mendo limón

Minimum size for fishing Mendo limón
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 25 cm
Scientific name: Microstommus kitt

Merlán

Minimum size for fishing Merlán
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 23 cm
Scientific name: Merlangus merlangus

Merluza

Minimum size for fishing Merluza
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 20 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 27 cm
Scientific name: Merluccius merluccius

Mero

Minimum size for fishing Mero
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 45 cm
Canario minimum required size 45 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Epinephelus marginatus

Mojarra

Minimum size for fishing Mojarra
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum required size 22 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Diplodus vulgaris

Pagel

Minimum size for fishing Pagel
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 12 cm
Canario minimum required size 22 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Pagellus spp.

Palometa negra o japuta

Minimum size for fishing Palometa negra o japuta
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 16 cm
Canario minimum required size 16 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 16 cm
Scientific name: Brama brama

Pargo

Minimum size for fishing Pargo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 18 cm
Canario minimum required size 33 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 15 cm
Scientific name: Pagrus pagrus

Patudo

Minimum size for fishing Patudo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum required size 3,2 kg
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 3,2 kg
Scientific name: Thunnus obesus

Pez espada

Minimum size for fishing Pez espada
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 125 cm desde la punta del maxilar a la aleta caudal
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Xiphias gladius

Platija

Minimum size for fishing Platija
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 25 cm
Scientific name: Platichthys flesus

Rabil

Minimum size for fishing Rabil
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum required size 3,2 kg
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 3,2 kg
Scientific name: Thunnus albacares

Rape

Minimum size for fishing Rape
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 30 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size ?
Scientific name: Lophius piscatorius

Remol

Minimum size for fishing Remol
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 30 cm
Scientific name: Scophthalmus rhombus

Rodaballo

Minimum size for fishing Rodaballo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 30 cm
Scientific name: Psetta maxima

Sabalos

Minimum size for fishing Sabalos
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 30 cm
Scientific name: Alosa spp

Salema

Minimum size for fishing Salema
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 15 cm
Canario minimum required size 24 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 15 cm
Scientific name: Sarpa salpa

Salmón

Minimum size for fishing Salmón
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 50 cm
Scientific name: Salmo salar

Salmonete de roca

Minimum size for fishing Salmonete de roca
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 11 cm
Canario minimum required size 15 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 15 cm
Scientific name: Mullus spp.

Sama de pluma

Minimum size for fishing Sama de pluma
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum required size 35 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Dentex filosus

Sardina

Minimum size for fishing Sardina
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 11 cm
Canario minimum required size 11 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 11 cm
Scientific name: Sardina pilchardus

Sargo

Minimum size for fishing Sargo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 15 cm
Canario minimum required size 22 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Diplodus sargus

Serrano imperial

Minimum size for fishing Serrano imperial
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum required size 15 cm
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum size not required
Scientific name: Serranus atricauda

Solla

Minimum size for fishing Solla
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 25 cm
Scientific name: Pleuronectes platessa

Trucha marisca o Reo

Minimum size for fishing Trucha marisca o Reo
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum size not required
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 25 cm
Scientific name: Salmo trutta

Vieira

Minimum size for fishing Vieira
Fishing-ground Minimum size
Mediterranean minimum required size 10 cm
Canario minimum size not required
Cantábrico, NE and Gulf of Cadiz minimum required size 10 cm
Scientific name: Pecten maximus