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Recreational Bass Angling At The European Parliament

16.04.15

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The Angling Trust represented sea anglers at the highest level in Europe this week at an event on the long term management of recreational sea bass fisheries. David Mitchell, the Angling Trust's Marine Campaigns Manager, attended the event at the European Parliament in Brussels organised by the new Forum for Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment.

More than 40 people, including 10 MEPs, attended the event which was hosted by Alain Cadec MEP and chair of the EU Fisheries Committee. Presentations were made by Mr Cadec, members of the European Anglers Alliance, the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association and by Bernhard Friess, Director of Fisheries at the European Commission.

Mr Friess confirmed that the Commission (which has just released its own Q&A document on sea bass) will soon propose to the EU Member States new catch limits for all commercial fisheries and an increase of the minimum landing size to 42cm for all fisheries - something the Angling Trust called for in February after proposals were put forward earlier this year for a new MLS to apply only to recreational catches. Mr Friess also confirmed that the Commission is also preparing a proposal for a Long Term Management Plan for the North and the South Atlantic sea bass fisheries.

The event was concluded by Richard Corbett, MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, who called for a "safety first approach" and fair management of sea bass and for measures in which commercial fishermen should play the main part for the preservation of this iconic species. "Anglers will accept the limitations, so long as they are not the only ones making sacrifices".

David Mitchell said, "This was an excellent event and a fantastic opportunity to put the issues around recreational fishing and the management of bass in front of our elected representatives in the European Parliament who will have the responsibility of helping to agree a long term management plan for bass. We hope that, as a result of this event, many of them now have a much better appreciation of the role recreational angling should play in the development of a plan."

For more information about the event, and to download the presentations given on the evening, please click HERE

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