Length records on the cards

Plans are afoot to create a British record sea fish list based on length rather than weight.

The British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee is considering introducing a separate record list to provide for claims made in respect of sea fish that are either protected and may not be landed, or for those caught on boats and returned alive without being landed for weighing.

Such a length-based record list is not intended to replace the weight-based version, but, if introduced, would stand alongside it.

It was agreed that the Committee will work towards introducing length-based lists on a staged basis, perhaps starting with a list for species that may not be landed, extending the scheme to other species or categories if the pilot is successful.

The protocol for claims and minimum initial qualifying measurements will be addressed in due course.