Red Mullet

Trilja

Mullus barbatus

Avoid

Caught:

Red mullet is mainly caught with gillnets, trammel nets, and bottoms trawl nets in depths between 150 m and 200 m and very close to shore (3 – 4 nautical miles). In Malta it is most commonly caught using bottom trawls and has a legal minimum landing size is of 11.5 cm.

Availability:

The red mullet is normally caught in winter when the weather does not allow fishing in deeper waters.

Facts:

Its flesh is highly esteemed and it is marketed as both fresh and frozen. The red mullet's liver is considered a delicacy, which is unusual for a fish.

Our suggestion:

fish4tomorrow recommends avoiding the red mullet mainly due to the fact that it is caught using bottom trawl fishing. This method is highly destructive and unselective.