The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network

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UK Bass stocks are collapsing

RECENT scientific evidence shows that UK bass stocks are collapsing claims the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (BASS).

In over 20 years of bass sampling they have never seen a period when the numbers of young bass have been as low for so long; they also say even some commercial fishermen have expressed concerns at the present unsustainable level of exploitation.

The society has written to Jonathan Shaw, the UK Fisheries Minister suggesting the establishment of Marine Protection Areas designed to protect bass stocks.

In his letter to the Minister, as well as offering the new evidence, John Leballeur states that Mr Shaw now faces a catastrophe on his watch as Fisheries Minister, unless he acts with urgency to bring in effective measures to protect the species.

If our government and Marine Directorate are anything to go by, getting any form of protection is extremely unlikely.

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