Sea Bass Catch Limit Zero in 2018?
by David Griffiths
09 Nov 2017
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) have released their latest study on sea bass stocks in all waters around the UK. Their recommendation is to reduce the allowed catch returns to zero for 2018.
Download ICES report (PDF).
No decision has been taken as yet by the Welsh Assembly (or UK and other regional legislatures) on whether to action the ICES recommendation. The Welsh Marine Fisheries Advisory Group (WMFAG) are due to meet on December 5th and this question is likely to be on their agenda.
WMFAG appear to be using the ICES report as their primary scientific evidence in considering their position. However they have circulated the report to interested sea angling groups calling for feedback from their members.
If you are a sea bass angler and would like to make your view heard it will be important to get your feedback in via any local sea fishing organisations. There are several such groups around the coast of Wales who have access make representations to WMFAG.
It is quite possible that sea anglers will find they are prevented from taking any sea bass of any size during 2018. Whether the ban continues in later years will probably remain under consideration in later years. But once a precedent is set it will be easier for WMFAG to keep sea bass under a protected species status.
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