Responsible Sea Angling

Kayak angling - Paul Fennel

DWT is working closely with sea anglers in Dorset to promote a responsible take attitude towards fishing. We all want clean, healthy seas that are rich in fish and other wildlife. By following a few simple tips, anglers can make sure that fish are not wasted and the impact on the marine environment is minimised.

Collecting Unwanted Fishing Line

Anglers are helping marine life in Dorset by taking part in a project to collect unwanted fishing line. Special 'fishing line bins' have been installed at key locations around the county for anglers to discard their unwanted line. If enough is collected it can be recycled, possibly into new tackle boxes or new line.

Tacklebox Tips

Conservation of the marine environment is vital for the future of sea angling. Be an ambassador for sea-angling and follow the Sea Anglers Code.

  • Catch & release. Fill your plate, not your freezer.
  • Bag it & bin it. Take all litter away with you.
  • Fragile, handle with care. Put fish back to fight another day.
  • Go barbless! Do less damage to fish & fingers.
  • Get a net. To minimise stress, use a landing net from a boat, a drop net from a pier/quay.
  • Bait collecting. Take as little as you need, back-fill holes, replace rocks.
  • Big fish, small fish. Follow DWT minimum landing sizes and put very big fish back.
  • Consider others. Kill & gut fish out of view, keep your mark safe & tidy, be aware of those around you.

Handle with care

  • Top tips on releasing fish in a healthy condition to return and fight another day.
  • Treat fish carefully and release as quickly as possible.
  • Barbless hooks make releasing fish quicker and easier.
  • Avoid handling or use a wet cloth to prevent direct contact.
  • Weigh fish in a landing net and photograph in water. Do not land if you don’t have to.
  • Have equipment to hand before you land – to land, handle, photograph and unhook.
  • Carry a T Bar and learn how to use it.
  • Use bronzed hooks, not stainless steel.

Minimum Take Sizes

The table below shows the Dorset Wildlife Trust recommended minimum take sizes. However, we would encourage all sports anglers to consider not taking species that are “breeding stock” – specimens that are larger than average. Please return fish during spawning season and be aware of the legal restrictions concerning bass and tope.

Species
 

*denotes prohibitions

Spawning
Season

Minimum
Take Size (cm)

Full length nose to tail

Bass*

Feb-May

48

Black Bream

Apr-May

30

Blonde Ray

Feb-Aug

92

Brill      

Mar-Jun

40

Bull huss shark

Spring-summer

58

Cod

Jan-Apr

50

Conger eel

N/A

75

Cuckoo ray

All year

60

Dogfish shark

Spring

69

Garfish

May/June

38

Grey gurnard

Apr-Aug

24

Ling

Apr-July

71

Mackerel

Mar-Jul

28

Mullet

Jan-Apr

50

Plaice

Jan-Mar

42

Pollack

Jan-Apr

50

Ray (if unable to ID)

Summer

92

Red gurnard

Apr-Jun

25

Small eyed ray

Summer

58

Smoothhound shark

Unknown

80

Spotted ray

Apr-Jul

55

Starry smoothhound shark

Summer

85

Thornback ray

Spring-Summer

85

Tope shark*

Prohibited from landing

185

Triggerfish

Unknown

30

Tub gurnard

May-July

22

Turbot

Apr-Aug

49

Undulate ray

Mar-Sep

75

Whiting

Feb-Jul

30

Wrasse

Various

23

* Bass Regulations:

  • 1st January-30th June 2016 catch and release only
  • 1st July-31st December 2016 one bass equal to or above 42cm may be retained per person per day

* Tope:

  • catch and release only – landing is prohibited under the Tope (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 2008 

Maturity & spawning sizes and legislation information taken from www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/fishadviser; www.goodfishguide.org; www.sharktrust.org; www.fishbase.org; www.southern-ifca.gov.uk

 

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