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MP hits at Government over bass decision

THE UK Government has “flown in the face” of its own fisheries advisers, Cefas (the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), in refusing to increase the minimum landing size of bass, according to Martin Salter MP.

The decision looked after the short-term interests of the inshore commercial fishing fleet rather than the long-term interests of the species and the environment, according to Martin Salter, the government’s own parliamentary spokesman on angling.

He told the House of Commons on Thursday that just two years ago Cefas had recommended the size should be increased.

“It is incumbent on us to take the long-term view. The science shows that, although increasing the minimum landing size for bass would mean a short-term depletion in the fish available to be…caught by the commercial sector, there would be a long-term increase.”

Mr Salter said increasing the landing size to 45cm ( our GFAC recommended minimum ) would double the weight of sea bass which was a valuable recreational fishing species. It was simple conservation to give every species the opportunity to breed once to promote sustainable fishing, he added.

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