Of all the species in our waters bass is one of those of great interest to both the recreational and commercial sectors.
However, as with many other species before it, commercial over-exploitation is creating and an uncertain future for the species. Commercial fishing pressure has greatly reduced the size of the bass stock biomass at rates stated as not being seen in other fish stocks.
Fish biologists are particularly worried that the population has decreased to such a level that it suffers “reduced reproductive capacity”; Not only is overfishing reducing numbers of bass, but also the species’ ability to bounce back from human exploitation is also being decreased.
All this has happened for species eg: herring and areas eg: the Clyde many times before but it seems politicians are incapable of looking beyond the next election and working for the common good rather than individual vested interest.
Further discussion on the New Economics blog.