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'Angler' Fined for Undersized Bass

Jan 09,2007 SACN

Sea angler fined for catching undersize bass.

On the 8th January 2007 Mr Joseph Perks, 'an angler' (see reader's comment added below) from Worthing, West Sussex was fined £300 and made to contribute £200 towards prosecution costs for retaining undersize Sea Bass after pleading guilty to the offence at Worthing Magistrates Court.

Officers with the Sussex Sea Fisheries District Committee boarded Mr Perks
vessel in July 2006 and upon inspection found Mr Perks in possession of 54
bass, 17 of which were under the minimum legal size of 36cm.

Commentating on the case Senior Fishery Officer Mr Robert Clark said 'Bass
are both recreationally and commercially important off the Sussex coast. We
are pleased that the court has recognised the seriousness of this incident.

We hope the fine imposed on this occasion will act as a deterrent to others.
Minimum Legal Sizes underpin fisheries management techniques and Sea
Fisheries Committee enforcement teams will inspect both anglers and
commercially registered vessels ton ensure compliance.

Fishers should also be aware that the Government intends to increase the
minimum legal size for bass to 40cm in the near future and that it is
essential that all fishers familiarise themselves with the law in this


The Sussex Sea Fisheries District Committee are a statutory authority,
funded through local government, and they are responsible for the management
and conservation of sea fisheries from Dungeness to Hayling Island and to 6
nautical miles offshore.

Further details can be obtained from the Sussex Sea Fisheries District
Committee on 01273454407 and more information is available on the
Committee's website at www.sussex-sfc.gov.uk


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comment Comments (1 posted) 
  • This chap who was found with 54 bass, 17 of which were undersized cannot be described as an angler ! It is a misnomer. This person was obvioulsy an unlicenced and unregistered commercial fisherman catching bass on rod and line. Why else would he have retained so many bass if not to sell them ? This type of person gives anglers who fish responsibly a very bad name and it is this type of person who ultimatley will convince the government that 'anglers' need bag limits.
(Posted on January 13, 2007, 10:39 am P. Lugger)

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