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BASS Goes to Parliament

Jan 13,2008 SACN


BASS Goes to Parliament

Demanding more bigger fish.

On the 21st January, the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (BASS) will be meeting with MPs of all parties to discuss proposals to further develop the valuable UK Recreational Bass Fishery.

Though the new Fisheries Minister (Jonathan Shaw) recently backed down from increasing the legal size at which bass can be taken, there are still worthwhile conservation proposals for bass encompassed within the highly praised Bass Management Plan which he has stated that he will take forward.

Inshore netting restrictions, protection for spawning bass and a review of bass nursery area regulation are all being actively looked at by the Minister.

John Leballeur chairman of the BASS Restoration Project Team said “This is an opportunity to present our arguments for the development of the UK’s valuable Recreational Bass Fishery, and the need to change our fisheries management of bass in ways that will increase angler participation, including the business opportunities and livelihoods dependent upon a thriving Recreational Sea Angling Sector.

What the Recreational Bass Fishery needs more than anything, is more bigger fish of the size most prized by anglers, allowing many more fish to grow bigger, and with a good few approaching the 20lbs plus that nature intends.

We are grateful to Martin Salter for all of his previous efforts, and for providing this opportunity to present our proposals to a wide audience of parliamentarians.” 


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Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society (BASS)
www.ukbass.com
Conserving the UK’s Greatest Sportfish


 
Notes for Editors

- BASS is the society which promotes the interests of its members and bass anglers throughout the United Kingdom, seeking to influence Government policy to manage the UK’s valuable Recreational Bass Fishery to provide more and bigger fish.

- BASS have been invited to present and discuss the Bass Management Plan to the influential All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling on the 21st January 2008.

- Details of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling are available at:   http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/memi142.htm


- The Bass Management Plan is available at: http://ukbass.com/bassmanagementplan/index.html


- The bass management plan was highly praised in Labour’s Angling Charter by the Previous Fisheries Minister, Ben Bradshaw, who wrote in his forward to the charter “It was anglers concerns for the conservation status of sea bass that has persuaded me to agree to implement much of the excellent bass management plan put forward by the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society.”


- Labour’s Angling Charter can be read in full at: http://www.martinsalter.com/pdf/charter.pdf


- Figures relating to the economic and social importance of recreational sea angling and participation levels are available at: http://www.sacn.org.uk/Articles/Economics_of_Recreational_Sea_Angling.html


- Wild bass, slow growing and late maturing, are currently harvested at just 36cm (around 1lb) before they have ever spawned. They  have the potential to grow to over 20 lbs, spawn up to 15 times and live some 25 years.  A Minimum Landing size of 45cm (around 2lb) would ensure that all bass have spawned before being taken.



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comment Comments (1 posted) 
  • It don't take rocket science to work out what it more benifical to joe public, commercial and rsa value and the stock, a 1lb bass or a 2lb bass. Have a look on the wet fish counter of the local supermarket. At present you would have difficulty in spotting a farmed one from a real 36cm one, except a farm one might be even smaller. Anyone know of anywhere that has 2lb bass for sale.
(Posted on January 13, 2008, 12:34 pm barry luxton)


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