It should, but what does the law say?

In Greece for example, it is illegal to serve baby seafood of many species, following the over-fishing in the Mediterranean.

So, is it illegal in Italy to serve baby seafood?

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  • It's called purpetielli affogati in Italy, braised baby octopus, very popular in Campania (and elsewhere). – Giorgio Jul 26 '18 at 13:41
  • @Giorgio I didn't see why it is popular. If I eat in a traditional taverna, then I will probably see the reason, thanks. – gsamaras Jul 26 '18 at 13:43
  • It may not be your choice (or mine, for that matter :D)... There was a time, years ago, that I declined the sheep brains and eyes in Greece, despite being the guest of honor. – Giorgio Jul 26 '18 at 13:52
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not about Travel. – brhans Jul 26 '18 at 14:15
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    Strange... I read that as feeding seafood to human babies, and then wondered why anyone would imagine that being illegal. – Nick Jul 26 '18 at 19:08

No it is not illegal.

Octopus are not subject to EU quotas and there is no minimum landing size. https://www.mcsuk.org/goodfishguide/search?name=Octopus,%20Lesser

It is not unusual in Italy to eat baby octopus.

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  • Great link, I will probably use it in the future, thanks. – gsamaras Jul 26 '18 at 13:40
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    Besides, some species are farmed, so they wouldn't be subject to wild-caught regulation. (not octopus AFAIK) – user71659 Jul 26 '18 at 18:54

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