Mullet are plump silvery fish with large scales and flat wide mouths. There are three main species found in Cornish waters which can be hard to identify. They prefer coastal and estuarine habitats and can often be seen swimming lazily close to the surface in harbours and marinas.
Grey mullet are slow growing and late to mature, little is known about stocks around the Cornish coast although they can be abundant in some areas, (particularly estuaries). Mullet are difficult to catch on rod and line and are becoming more important for recreational angling. Traditional beach seining targets mullet (usually golden grey mullet) and is a low impact method but occasionally will result in large catches flooding markets, resulting in prices falling.
Beach seine netting is a traditional technique occasionally carried out in sandy bays all around Cornwall by teams of fishermen working from small boats.Learn more
Cornish vessels landing to Cornish Ports
Gill nets are used to target mullet in coastal areas.Learn more
Cornwall Good Seafood Guide rates fish on sustainability using a scale of 1 to 5.
1, 2 and 3 are recommended, Fish to avoid are rated 5.
We use the system devised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) so our scores are comparable with the scores produced by MCS for the UK and fisheries from all around the world. For more information on scoring click here.
Mullet are caught by anglers on hook and line, by spearfishermen and commercially they are caught by beach seine nets and gill nets. Seine nets are used The National Mullet Club report that off the Manacles (on the Lizard Peninsula) mullet have been caught by fishermen using a technique called ripping where fish are foul hooked deliberately by fishermen drawing feathers through large shoals of mullet that are aggregating to spawn. Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority report that as far as they are aware this is not a method that is being used at present.
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MMO landings data
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