Eligible Species – Marine Species

Eligible Species – Marine Species

Ireland’s climate and its location on the far west of Europe mean it is uniquely placed to benefit from sub-tropical influences and still have a large number of cold water species. The Gulf Stream ensures that even in the coldest winter the west of Ireland enjoys milder weather. This in turn leads to a more diverse mix of species than might otherwise be expected when the summer rolls around. Boat anglers, surfcasters and shore fishermen all benefit.

While it is possible to catch sea breams, triggerfish and other warmwater species on one drop, the next might bring you cod, haddock or even halibut. And on the subject of big fish if you use the right gear in the right place you may even strike into bluefin tuna of 1000 lbs or more.

The Irish Record Weight and Specimen Weight is presented in different units, both imperial measures (lbs) and metric system (kg), dependant on the value on which it was reported. To aid in the conversion between both systems, please use the weight conversion calculator provided (see right sidebar)

SpeciesIrish Record WeightSpecimen Weight
Angler Fish (Lophius piscatorius)42.985 kg10.0 kg26.43 lbs
Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)17 lbs13 ozs4.536 kg10 lbs
Black Sole (Solea solea)6.32 lbs0.7 kg1.76 lbs
Black Bream (Spondyliosoma cantharus)--0.9 kg2.205 lbs
Bluemouth (Helicolenus dactylopterus)1.32 kg0.9 kg1.9845 lbs
Brill (Scophthalmus rhombus)9 lbs8 ozs1.75 kg4.4 lbs
Coalfish (Pollachius virens)15.1 kg6.804 kg15 lbs
Cod (Gadus morhua)42 lbs9.072 kg20 lbs
Conger Eel (Conger conger)72 lbs18.144 kg40 lbs
Dab (Limanda limanda)2 lbs5.5 ozs0.6 kg1.32 lbs
Dogfish - Blackmouthed (Galeus melastomus)1.33 kg1.0 kg2.205 lbs
Dogfish - Lesser Spotted (Scyliorhinus caniculus)4 lbs4 ozs1.474 kg3.25 lbs
Dogfish - Greater Spotted (Scyliorhinus stellaris)23 lbs13 ozs7.257 kg16 lbs
Dogfish - Spur (Squalus acanthias)10.6 kg5.443 kg12 lbs
Flounder (Platichthys flesus)4.91 lbs1.1 kg2.4255 lbs
Garfish (Belone belone)1.729 lbs1.0 kg2.205 lbs
Garfish (Belone svetovidovi)1.11 lbs0.3 kg0.875 lbs
Gilthead Bream (Sparus aurata)3.24 kg1.4 kg3.08 lbs
Gurnard - Gray (Eutrigla gurnardus)3 lbs1 ozs0.68 kg1.5 lbs
Gurnard - Red (Aspitrigla cuculus)3 lbs9.5 ozs0.907 kg2 lbs
Gurnard - Tub (Trigla lucerna)12 lbs3.5 ozs2.268 kg5 lbs
Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglifinus)5.39 kg3.0 kg7.0 lbs
Hake (Merluccius merluccius)25 lbs5.5 ozs3.0 kg7.72 lbs
Halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)156 lbs12 kg33.08 lbs
Herring (Clupea harengus)0.48 kg0.34 kg0.75 lbs
John Dory (Zeus faber)7 lbs8 ozs1.814 kg4 lbs
Ling (Molva molva)55 lbs11.34 kg25 lbs
Mackerel (Scomber scombrus)4 lbs2 ozs1.0 kg2.5 lbs
Megrim (Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis)1.85 kg0.794 kg1.75 lbs
Monkfish (Squatina squatina)73 lbssuspended from listings
Mullet - Gray, thick lipped (Chelon labrosus)9.1 lbs2.268 kg5 lbs
Mullet - Golden Gray (Liza aurata)1.191 kg0.68 kg1.5 lbs
Mullet - Thin Lipped (Liza ramada) 2.83 kg1.5 kg3.31 lbs
Mullet - Red (Mullus surmuletus)0.82 kg0.4 kg1.0 lbs
Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa)8.23 lbs1.4 kg3.31 lbs
Pollack (Pollachius pollachius)19 lbs3 ozs5.443 kg12 lbs
Pouting (Trisopterus luscus)4 lbs13.5 ozs1.361 kg3 lbs
Ray - Blonde (Raja brachyura)37 lbs11.34 kg25 lbs
Ray - Cuckoo (Raja naevus)5 lbs11 ozs1.6 kg4.0 lbs
Ray - Electric (Torpedo nobiliana)40 kg9.072 kg20 lbs
Ray - Homelyn (Raja montagui)8.28 lbs2.268 kg5 lbs
Ray - Painted (Raja microocellata)17.21 lbs4.536 kg10 lbs
Ray - Sting (Dasyatis pastinaca)33.2 kg13.0 kg30 lbs
Ray - Thornback (Raja clavata)37 lbs7.0 kg17.64 lbs
Ray - Undulate (Raja undulata)18 lbssuspended from listings
Ray's Bream (Brama brama)6 lbs4.25 ozs2.0 kg4.41 lbs
Red Sea Bream (Pagellus bogaraveo)9 lbs6 ozs1.0 kg4.0 lbs
Rockling, Three Bearded (Gaidropsarus vulgaris)3 lbs1 oz0.794 kg1.75 lbs
Scad (Trachurus trachurus)1.97 lbs0.680 kg1.5 lbs
Shad – Allis (Alosa alosa)- -1.814 kg4 lbs
Shad - Twaite (Alosa fallax)1.54 kg1.2 kg2.4255 lbs
Shark - Blue (Prionace glauca)206 lbs45.359 kg100 lbs
Shark - Mako (Isurus oxyrinchus)- - 90.718 kg200 lbs
Shark - Porbeagle (Lamna nasus)365 lbssuspended from listings
Shark - Six-Gilled (Hexanchus griseus)480 kg45.359 kg100 lbs
Shark – Thresher (Alopias vulpinus)- -54.431 kg120 lbs
Skate - Common (Raja batis)221 lbssuspended from listings
Skate – Long Nosed (Raja oxyrinchus)--36.287 kg80 lbs
Skate - White (Raja alba)165 lbs54.431 kg120 lbs
Smooth-Hound (Mustelas asterias)16.56 lbs3.0 kg6.62 lbs
Stone Basse (Polyprion americanus)11.72 lbs3.628 kg8 lbs
Tope (Galeorhinus galeus)66 lbs8 ozs18.144 kg40 lbs
Torsk (Brosme brosme)4.858 kg2.5 kg6 lbs
Trigger Fish (Balistes carolinensis)2.54 kg1.474 kg3.25 lbs
Tuna - Albacore (Thunnus alalunga)29.96 kg12 kg26.46 lbs
Tuna - Bluefin (Thunnus thynnus)440 kgsuspended from listings
Turbot (Scophthalmus maximus)34 lbs6 kg15.44 lbs
Whiting (Merlangius merlangus)4 lbs14.5 ozs1.361 kg3 lbs
Wrasse Ballan (Labrus bergylta)4.3 kg2.154 kg4.75 lbs
Wrasse Cuckoo (Labrus mixtus)2 lbs7 ozs0.567 kg1.25 lbs