Anglers fishing for bass in Area VIIa (roughly the Solway area) and Area IVb (East coast up to Fraserburgh) will now be restricted to a bag limit of 3 fish.
This comes in effect following Council Regulation (EU) 2015/523 of 25 March 2015 amending Regulations (EU) No 43/2014 and (EU) 2015/104 as regards certain fishing opportunities.
According to an EU press release: “The Commission has adopted Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/111 (2), based on Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (3), to alleviate a serious threat to the conservation of the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) stock in the Celtic Sea, Channel, Irish Sea and southern North Sea.”
The regulation directly impacts anglers saying “…. As it is contended that recreational fisheries contribute significantly to the fishing mortality of bass stocks, the EU feel it is appropriate to establish fishing opportunities in the form of a daily limit on the number of fish that a recreational fisherman may retain. Recreational fisheries include both boat and shore fishing.”
In this regulation “recreational fisheries” is taken as meaning non-commercial fishing activities exploiting marine living aquatic resources such as for recreation, tourism or sport.
Note: The areas coloured ‘blue’ are affected by the Regulation.
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