The date today is 13-01-11

The GFAC Table

It’s not what you take out - it’s what you put back.

FISH FOR THE FUTURE

Deciding whether a fish is a suitable size to take for the table is a cause for concern for many conservation minded anglers. Some use their federations’s / association’s or club’s competition size limits, others the government’s minimum landing size (MLS).

Unfortunately none of these reflect the maturity of a fish and it’s ability to reproduce.

SSACN’s GFAC sizes are a voluntary measure for anglers wishing to do their bit to help ensure the future of a species - by adopting these, anglers can be reasonably certain a fish has had at least one chance to breed.

An easily printable version of the table along with catch and release guidelines is available here .

SSACN - Give Fish A Chance

Fish Species

GFAC (cms)

Fish Species

GFAC (cms)

Bass

45



Bib / Pout

20

Mullet - Grey (thin)

40

Bream – Black

30

Mullet – Grey

40

Bream – Gilthead

40

Mullet – Red

24

Bream – Ray’s

40

Mullet- Golden Grey

35

Bream – Red

25

Nursehound / Bull Huss

80

Brill

40

Plaice

31

Cod

50

Pollack

55

Common Dab

25

Poor Cod

23

Conger

75

Ray - Painted

70

Dover Sole

30

Ray – Blonde

100

Flounder

30

Ray – Cuckoo

60

Garfish

45

Ray – Eagle

70

Gurnard - Streaked

20

Ray – Spotted

55

Gurnard – Grey

25

Ray – Starry

40

Gurnard – Red

20

Ray – Thornback

95

Gurnard – Tub

20

Rockling 3 bearded

30

Haddock

40

Hake

50

Saithe (Coalfish)

60

Halibut

110

Smoothhound – Starry

85

Herring

25

Smoothhound

80

Horse Mackerel

25

Torsk / Tusk

50

John Dory

35

Trigger Fish

20

Lemon Sole

30

Turbot

40

Lesser spotted dogfish

60

Whiting

27

Ling

90

Witch

28

Mackerel

30

Wolf-fish

60

Megrim

28

Wrasse - Ballan

25

Wrasse - Cuckoo

25

SSACN recommend anglers release all - Angler Fish, Monkfish (Angel Shark), Common Eel, Common Skate, Spurdog or Undulate Ray as all these are critically endangered - check back occasionally for any updates.

It would really help get the message across to a much broader audience if you could print a few off and distribute them at your local tackle shop, club meeting etc.

If you’d like a copy laminated in either A4 or A5 formats, send our Secretary your address and three first class stamps (or make a donation using paypal) and he’ll get them to you  - if you would like a greater amount, he’ll be more than happy to work out a reasonable cost.

His address and the paypal facility are on our  subscribe or donate page.

The optimal supply of fish depends on the fish being allowed to grow and spawn before they are caught - EU Parliament - reducing discards of fish (COM(2002) 656 2003/2036(INI)

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