Grey gurnard, Eutrigla gurnardus
Ink on paper
Artist: Heather Ridley-Moran
Gurnards belong to a group of fish known collectively as Triglidae (“sea robins”). Using muscles associated with the swim bladder, they are able to grunt or growl, which is believed to aid in keeping schools together. Grey gurnards are a non-quota species and are often discarded due to low market demand. More research is needed to obtain a better understanding of the impact of fishing on the stock and provide information for its sustainable management. As no minimum landing size or seasonal closures are in place, avoid eating immature fish (less than 24cm) and fresh (not previously frozen) fish caught during the spawning season (April to August).