Bass are one of the most important and valuable species to recreational angling and its dependent businesses.
They were historically exploited primarily by recreational anglers until commercial fisheries for bass expanded dramatically in the 1960-70s. Now European bass stocks are in decline due to overfishing and poor recruitment in recent years.
A bass multiannual management is in the making by the EU Commission. Emergency measures were adopted for 2015 – but only for northern Atlantic EU waters (Irish Sea, Celtic Sea, English Channel, and southern North Sea). Emergency measures most likely will be needed for 2016 as well (with the southern waters to be included most likely) as the multiannual won’t be in place before 2017 at the earliest due to European Parliament and Council decision procedures.