Bass fishery needs bigger fish, says society –

Bass fishery needs bigger fish, says society Published:  14 January, 2008

ON January 21, the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (BASS) will meet with MPs of all parties to discuss proposals to further develop the UK recreational bass fishery.

The society said today that though 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 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, the society went on.

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.” is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.