All anglers seeking to claim specimens in 2023 should note the following.
From January 1st 2023 the following will now apply:
- Records will be weight based, but, newly listed species, or species without a record weight, can be length based.
What this means: Record claims for new species, or species without a weight record, can be length based from 2023 onwards.
- ALL SPECIES ≤ 1 kg or ≤ 40 cm TL or FL must be weighed in grammes and measured in centimetres only. Claims can only be made in grammes and centimetres.
What this means: For smaller species claiming in grammes (g) and cm/mm will allow for more accurate reporting.
- Porbeagle specimens must be measured in water alongside vessel with 180 cm mark clearly visible on measuring device.
What this means: All specimens will be awarded as > 180 cm FL irrespective of actual length. Conservation and welfare-oriented rule.
- Common skate renamed, now known as Flapper Skate (Dipturus intermedius).
Why this change: Two separate species (Flapper & Blue Skate) were identified in this species complex in 2009 (Iglésias et al., 2009)
Updates to specimen weights and lengths from 2023
- Red Gurnard can now be claimed as a length based specimen, ≥ 45 cm TL
- Mackerel can now be claimed as a length based specimen, ≥ 44 cm TL
- Thick Lipped Mullet can now be claimed as a length based specimen, ≥ 55 cm TL
- Three bearded Rockling can now be claimed as a length based specimen, ≥ 40 cm TL
- Torsk specimen weight has been reduced to ≥ 2.0 kg and can now be claimed as a length based specimen ≥ 40 cm TL
- Whiting can now be claimed as a length based specimen ≥ 54 cm TL
- ISFC 2022 Report available online now
- Irish Specimen Fish Atlas published and available for purchase