Mullet, Red, Striped red mullet

Mullus surmuletus

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
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Stock information

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Stock information

Red mullet stocks are not well studied in our waters but there is no local evidence to suggest that stocks are declining. Red mullet are a warm water species that moves into our waters in the summer months. Due to a lack of evidence and taking a precautionary approach ICES advises that catches should decrease by 20% in relation to the average catch of the last three years, corresponding to catches of no more than 2000 t in 2015. CEFAS list Red mullet as a species that is currently underutilized and having potential for increased fishing effort in its report (Catchpole 2011) Identifying under-utilized species.


There is no restriction on red mullet catch. They are a non-quota species but red mullet catches to Cornwall are very small, at 20- 50 tonnes per year, compared to total EU landings of 2000 tonnes. Minimum landing size for red mullet in Cornish waters is 15cm. There is no EU minimum landing size. Red mullet netting is controlled by EU regulations which state that the catch must be 70% of the target species (red mullet). Mesh size between 70 and 90mm is prohibited in Cornish waters (Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, CIFCA). A red mullet netting code of practice has been developed to ensure that red mullet netting in Cornish waters is carried out responsibly, and CIFCA report that the level of red mullet netting has decreased in recent years, and the majority of fishermen using red mullet nets are abiding by the code of practice (CIFCA 2011). CIFCA provide support for fishermen in terms of checking gear and providing advice on legislation and they feel that this sector of netting is currently being managed appropriately (S. Cadman pers com).

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