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A whale, porpoise, or sturgeon caught near the British coast or cast ashore there. In these circumstances they belong to the Crown or, in the Duchy of Cornwall, to the Prince of Wales.
- ‘Some fish (whales, porpoises and sturgeons) were generally regarded as royal fish and most people did not have access to them without permission.’
- ‘Apparently King Edward II declared the sturgeon a royal fish and that any caught should be offered to the king.’
- ‘The royal fish - protected as swans are - was caught by Robert Davies from Llanelli, west Wales, in Swansea Bay yesterday.’
- ‘Waters concluded that the great size of the sturgeon was the reason for its designation as a royal fish reserved for royal banquets.’
- ‘Being a royal fish, if caught, it becomes the property of the crown.’
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